If you’re looking for a quick, easy family-pleaser, I encourage you to give this pasta with kale and Italian sausage dish a try. Kids love the penne pasta and have no idea that you’ve snuck in nutrient-rich kale leaves! Bonus: It’s low-calorie and budget-friendly!
1 lb. penne pasta
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. mild, ground Italian sausage
1 can low-sodium chicken broth
1 bunch kale, chopped with tough center stalk cut away and removed (about 12 cups)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid.
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add garlic sauté 1 minute, then add sausage. Break the sausage up as it cooks, and sauté it for 4-6 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.