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Italian Sausage Farfalle with Kale

This Italian sausage farfalle recipe is a comfort food dinner that’s packed with flavor from healthy ingredients like spicy turkey sausage, kale, white beans, and sun-dried tomatoes. And of course, pasta. You’ll love it!

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Have I ever mentioned that I love kale? Seriously, if you have never had it – it’s amazing. Try it. Actually, the best place to try it is in this Italian sausage farfalle recipe. Holy flavor train, Batman.

Farfalle is the “official” name for bow tie pasta. I just like saying that word… far-fall-A.

This meal was on the quick and easy list to be thrown into the rotation. It was hearty and delicious. I loved the spicy Italian sausage with it, but it could easily be a meal without meat. If you’re into that sort of thing – which I am not.

I was just left unsure as to how to eat it. Spoon or fork? It wasn’t a soup, but had a little bit of broth at the bottom of the bowl that was worth enjoying – however, I wouldn’t have wanted to battle farfalle with a spoon.  I would also throw a red bell pepper in there at the same time as the kale to add a crunch and a bit more flavor.

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Italian Sausage with Farfalle and Kale

White bowl with italian sausage, farfalla pasta and kale

This Italian sausage farfalle recipe is a comfort food dinner that's packed with flavor from healthy ingredients like spicy turkey sausage, kale, white beans, and sun-dried tomatoes. And of course, pasta. You'll love it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes


  • 8  oz uncooked farfalle, bow tie pasta
  • 1/4  cup  oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped onion
  • 8  oz  spicy Italian turkey sausage
  • 6  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4  tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1  14-oz can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  16-oz package fresh kale
  • 1  15-oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  oz shaved fresh Parmesan cheese, about 1/4 cup


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid; keep warm.
  2. Drain tomatoes in a small sieve over a bowl, reserving 2 teaspoons oil; slice tomatoes.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. 
  4. Add sliced tomatoes, reserved 2 teaspoons tomato oil, onion, and sausage to pan; cook 10 minutes or until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble. 
  5. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add seasoning, pepper, and broth to pan. Stir in kale; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until kale is tender.
  6. Stir in pasta, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, and beans.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 976Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 2608mgCarbohydrates: 136gFiber: 21gSugar: 13gProtein: 65g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Bowl of Italian Sausage and farfalle pasta with kale and parmesan cheese

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Tune in later this week for either a pie or tart of some sort! *fingers crossed*


Friday 6th of August 2010

Wow, this looks great! I am stopping by from SITS and can't wait to check out more of your recipes!

Eva Gallant

Friday 6th of August 2010

Looks yummy! I may have to try it. Just dropped by from SITS to say hi. Hope you find time to do the same.

Karen G

Thursday 5th of August 2010

That looks delish! I'm not a huge bean fan, so I might omit that, but I think it would still be good. And the fact that I could very easily adapt that to both gluten & casein free for one of my kidlets, makes it even better! :> (I hopped my way here from BF, SITS through your cooking blog thread...glad you started it, I loved your blog title and just had to come check it out! :>)

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