Sausage, kale & chilli pasta

Sausage, kale & chilli pasta

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

This simple sausage and kale pasta dish is perfect for feeding the family. Give it a modern twist by using orecchiette, it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal771
  • fat31g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs89g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.1g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g pork sausages, skins removed, broken into pieces
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red chilli, sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 150g cherry tomatoes
  • 400g short pasta, such as orecchiette, farfalle or conchiglie



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 150g chopped curly kale



    A member of the cabbage family, kale comes in two forms: kale, which has smooth leaves, and…

  • 75g grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a large frying pan. Brown the sausage with the fennel seeds on a medium heat for 6-7 mins until golden, then set aside.

  2. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan, add the garlic and chilli, and cook on a medium heat for 2 mins or until golden. Add the lemon juice and tomatoes, cook for 2 mins, then remove from the heat.

  3. Boil the pasta following pack instructions until al dente. Add the kale for the final 2 mins of cooking. Drain, saving the cooking liquid, then put the pasta and kale back in the saucepan to keep warm. Add about 100ml cooking liquid to the tomatoes. Heat up, pour over the pasta and toss together with the sausage, lemon zest and half the Parmesan. Serve in bowls with the remaining Parmesan sprinkled over.

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