Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

I had a craving for pasta so I decided to look through the refrigerator to see what I had on hand.  I found some turkey Italian sausage, mushrooms, Parmesan  and just a bit of kale.  I also grabbed some grape tomatoes and garlic off the counter and some pasta out of the pantry.  This meal took less than 20 minutes to make and was hearty, tasty, and healthy – you can’t beat that!  The whole family enjoyed it and we gobbled it right up.

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it’s casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces.  Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown.  Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed.  Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy.

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Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

8 oz of cavatappi pasta, cooked per instructions
5 links of turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
8 oz of button mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup of kale, chopped
1/2 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Cook the pasta in salted water per instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the sausage from it's casings and place into the skillet and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook until it browns, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes, or until the mushrooms are golden brown. Add the minced garlic, tomatoes, and kale, and cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the broth to the skillet and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the cooked/drained pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat evenly. Add some of the reserved pasta water if needed. Place into serving bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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23 Responses to “Cavatappi Pasta with Turkey Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Kale”

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    Chelsea — November 8, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    This looks great! I might have to try it soon!

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    Kris — November 8, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    That looks delicious!!!!
    xo Kris

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    debbie — November 9, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    Delicious….delicious!!!

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    Kim in MD — November 9, 2012 @ 3:47 am

    I love it when you throw together a “what’s in my fridge” meal, Pam! You always have the best ingredients on hand. This looks so delicious!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — November 9, 2012 @ 4:10 am

    How come when I search through my fridge, I never have these kind of wonderful things left to throw into pasta…. you truly are one of the coolest mom’s I know :)

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    Kate — November 9, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    Mmmm…sounds delicious and it would be perfect comfort food on this cold day!

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — November 9, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    There all kinds of good things in this pasta dish. Love the addition of kale, Pam.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 9, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    What a wonderful way to clean out the fridge! And cavatappi pasta is my absolute favorite!

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    Carmen Rosa — November 9, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Pam, yo know that I admire your dishes, they’re always full of flavor. This pasta dish looks really tasty.
    Thank you so much for your comments about my mother….you are very kind!!!!

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    Marjie — November 9, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

    Comfort food at its finest!

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    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — November 9, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    This looks like a PERFECT bowl of comforting pasta. I want to dive right in. I love, love, love sausage lately. I’m on a sausage kick. I’ll have to try this with my gluten free pasta.

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    Mary — November 9, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    Yum. Cavatappi is my favorite pasta and I am loving all the ingredients here.

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    Joanne — November 9, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I’ve been throwing kale into everything lately, and pasta is an especial favorite. This looks like the perfect weeknight meal!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — November 10, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    An ultimate comfort food!

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    Kamaren — November 10, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    Tried this tonight! Great idea. I’ve been trying to incorporate more kale once I saw its nutritional properties, my first attempt was the kale/cherry tomato/parm side dish you first posted. This one was an excellent follow up. I really like halving the tomatoes to let their juices mix with the kale to make it less bitter. YUM! Thanks for sharing

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    Peggy Recker — November 10, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I swear if I wasn’t so far away I’d be over to eat at least twice a week!

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    Honey What's Cooking — November 10, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    oh my, this looks so delicious. almost reminds me of a capri style pasta with a little meat. :)

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    Larry — November 11, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Sure is a delicious and healthy looking pasta dish.

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    Chris — November 11, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    You always seem to have a very well stock refrigerator! When mine is empty it’s quite pitiful what I find in there! This looks wonderful, wish I had a bowlful right now!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — November 11, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    I Like the looks of this pasta dish, looks really yummy. I always love Italian sausage, it always make pasta taste better.

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    Chris — November 13, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    You have just inspired a bratwurst idea for me, young lady!

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    Roz — November 20, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    Mmmmm, Pam! What a great pasta recipe! Thanks for sharing!
    I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Big hugs,
    Roz

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    Shane — December 3, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Made tonight. Was wonderful. Only exception, I added onions with the turkey. I love how much you use turkey sausage! Also, my daughter is addicted to friend’s cream sauce. She makes it all the time and added it to her plate with this dinner. This recipe was a cross between your Tuscan soup and the turkey sausage with roasted veggies and cream sauce recipes. Yummy! Thank you

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