Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Kale and Sausage

I almost just want you to skip down to the recipe. But don’t!


It’s just THAT GOOD. Aaron came up with this recipe, and my head straight up popped off and rolled down the street at the first bite.

It’s got a kick. It’s got some cream. It’s got tang. It’s got music. It’s got rhythm. It’s got its man.

Who could ask for anything more?

(btw, my babies are teething.)

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I also feel like it’s a perfect summer pasta because it has lemon in it. Let’s just ignore the fact that it makes zero sense.

Oh I’ve got it! It’s the perfect summer pasta because of the cream. And the kale and sun-drieds, but mostly the cream. And basil. And sausage.

. . . and cream.

(could I just move to Canada for a month or so?)

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But the hidden secret is all the spice! A mix of crushed red pepper, cayenne and smoked paprika. Freaking yeah.

(like, I want to rip my ears off.)

But wait! The best part is the fresh herbs. A nice blend of chopped rosemary, sage and a finishing touch of liquorice-y basil. Which I find so weird. I DETEST liquorice, but could inhale a wheelbarrow of basil 15 hours a day. What the what, man. These are the things I lie in bed at night thinking about.

(if I just draw teeth in their mouths will they stop crying?)


So there you have it. Your new favorite summer pasta ever. Because of the fresh garden goods. And tart tomatoes. And crumbled sausage. And spices. And cream.

(send help. and earplugs. and booze.)


Good gosh almighty.

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Kale and Italian Sausage:

What it took for 4:

* 2-3 Italian sausages, casings removed and crumbled
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 10-13 sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), thinly sliced
* 1/4 cup beer (or stock), for deglazing
* 1 sprig rosemary (or 1 tsp chopped fresh)
* 1 sage leaf, chopped
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 pinch cayenne
* 1 pinch smoked paprika
* 6 cups shredded kale (or spinach, or any green you love)
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 pound bow tie pasta
* 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
* 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
* fresh basil and parmesan for garnish

In a large sauté pan, bring a Tbs. of the sun-dried tomato oil to a medium-high heat. Add the crumbled sausages and brown all over. Add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes; sauté another minute. If needed, add the beer or stock to deglaze the pan. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up browned bits.

Add the fresh herbs and spices to the pan. Let simmer a minute. Then add the kale. Toss the kale in the mix to wilt slightly and pop in color. Then add the cream and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

In the meantime, cook the pasta in boiling water until al dente. Using a spider, transfer the pasta to the sauté pan, allowing pasta water to drip in. Any extra pasta water helps with that sauce, baby.

Finally, off the heat, toss in the parmesan and lemon juice; toss everything together. Taste it. Maybe a pinch of salt? Do it.

Serve with freshly torn basil and more parmesan!


You should add more cream.


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22 Responses to Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Kale and Sausage

  1. Millie l Add A Little June 10, 2014 at 9:45 am #
    Oh yum! This looks delicious! Love the addition of sun dried tomato - they give such great flavour!
  2. Amanda June 10, 2014 at 9:46 am #
    Looks delicious!!! Love the combo of spices you put in there :)
  3. Kathryn June 10, 2014 at 9:47 am #
    That kick of spice sounds like it totally makes the dish. We'll be eating this asap.
  4. sandy a la mode June 10, 2014 at 10:27 am #
    i want to eat this, NOW!! xo, Sandy Sandy a la Mode
  5. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee June 10, 2014 at 10:29 am #
    looks amazing. I love sundried tomatoes. And kale. And cream. And pasta. So this is cool in my book. They are saying orajel is now bad for babies. But I say a screaming baby is bad for moms. So our little tube of orajel is always in my pocket since we have 2 front teeth fighting for attention now. One day the right one is higher, then the left is, then the right... AND MAKE THE SCREAMING STOP!!!
  6. Janet June 10, 2014 at 10:39 am #
    This looks awesome! Can you clarify the amount of sundried tomatoes please? Your recipe says 10-3?
    • Bev Weidner June 10, 2014 at 11:17 am #
      Oh thanks for the heads up! Just changed it to 10-13. Just from a jar!
  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie June 10, 2014 at 10:48 am #
    I actually made something similar recently but I love that your used sundried tomatoes instead of canned diced (which is what I used).
  8. Bri | Bites of Bri June 10, 2014 at 11:12 am #
    Oh this looks good and I have all of the ingredients! Totally making this for dinner. I also DETEST licorice but can eat basil all day long. Go figure. Good luck with the teething! At least they're going through it together?!
  9. Jacki @ Two Forks One Love June 10, 2014 at 11:33 am #
    This looks delicious! I made a pasta recipe last night with lemon (recipe on the blog tomorrow) and totally agree it makes the dish feel like Summer.
  10. Julie @ Table for Two June 10, 2014 at 11:56 am #
    This looks SO good. I love the mixture of kale and sausage and all that creaaaam..don't mind if i add more haha ;)
  11. Samina | The Cupcake Confession June 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm #
    Anything with kale, cream, herbs, cream, spices, cream, sausage, cream has ALL MY ATTENTION!!!! Lovvvved it! Pinning! <3
  12. Amber June 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm #
    I have everything in this recipe in my house. Right now. Excpet the cream. But I do have this adorable little tub of mascarpone with an expiry date of tomorrow. Guess where it's headed just in time for dinner? Yum, thanks for the inspiration!
  13. How to Philosophize with Cake June 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm #
    That does look awesome! I love creamy style pastas, this variation sounds very tasty. :)
  14. Carol at Wild Goose Tea June 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm #
    Isn't wonderful what a colorful dish this turned out to be. You chose a wonderful rich array of spices for this dish. I like it!!!!!!
  15. A.G. June 10, 2014 at 7:57 pm #
    My twins are teething many teeth do kids have?
  16. Derek the Zen Chef June 11, 2014 at 12:08 am #
    Wow! I just found your site and am so glad I did. You are creating something wonderful here. But maybe you need to give up cream for lent this next time round, heh.! I'll be checking back for sure. Cheerio, DH
  17. Mel G June 11, 2014 at 4:58 am #
    Try giving your babies peeled/seeded cucumber sticks to gnaw on. They're soft enough to not hurt their sore gums and the coolness will help soothe. Plus it's yummy!
  18. dervla @ the curator June 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm #
    the teeth will come in soon, don't worry. Eat more of that pasta and maybe some wine??
  19. Lisa July 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm #
    Hi Bev, I have no cream at home right now. Would Milk be ok? or just give it a totally different sauce? Thanks! Lisa
  20. 4 inch cake pan baking time April 28, 2019 at 2:50 am #
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