Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage

Honestly, is it any huge shock that I’m already giving you kale and sausage? Right.

Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks

I mean glory be, this is pretty much the fuel to my soul. (besides salt on chocolateeeeohhhdeaaarrrr.) I eat this in soups, on bread, in regular pasta, and now . . . broken pasta! Broken lasagna sheets to be exact. Wait, is sheets the right word? All of a sudden it sounds strange. Lasagna noodles? Lasagna blankets? Lasagna duvet? Lasagna curtains? Anyway. It’s broken!

Just like my brain, apparently.

Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks  Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks

The inspiration for this actually comes from a cookbook I got for Christmas, Sunday Suppers. Dear GASH, it’s a gorgeous book. Much like Kinfolk in its muted, simple, communal, and almost farmhouse approach to life and cooking, it showcases bare-boned seasonal recipes. But like, with the prettiest photos you’ll ever look at, ever.

In their version, they made fresh, rustic, hand-cut pasta pieces. But being at home with two hyperactive weirdo one-year olds, lasagna curtains it was.

Theirs also featured a stunning array of gourmet roasted mushrooms, which is great! But you know me. Kaleandsausageplease.

Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks

Another thing! And this isn’t vital to the success of this dish, but it IS however vital to your lifelong happiness and well-being. You know on standing cheese graters, that weird pokey side that always scratches your hand and sends you into violent cursing fits? Yeah, that side. Well, I was wanting more of a powdery parm to sprinkle on top of the final dish, so I used that weird pokey side! It’s a little hard at first, but once you get the right grip on the cheese, it’s smooth sailing. Smooth grating.

Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks

Also, the sauce? Butter, lemon juice and white wine. Till death do us part.

This is gall-derned scrumptious for your face. Perfect weeknight meal. Easy to pull together, and then there’s that open bottle of white wine, ya know.


Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks


Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage:

What it took for 4:

* 8 lasagna noodles, randomly broken into medium-sized pieces (I used a mix of curly and flat)
* 3 Italian sausage links, casings removed
* 2 large kale leaves, cut into thin ribbons
* 6 oz baby bella mushrooms (or any gourmet kinds that you love!), sliced
* 5 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 Tbs. butter
* 1/2 cup dry white wine (like sauv blanc)
* 1 lemon, cut in half
* pinch of coarse salt

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Break the sausage into chunks and brown over medium-high heat in a medium skillet. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Back in the pan, add the mushrooms. Sauté for about 4 minutes, until they begin to soften and darken. Add a small pinch of salt, the kale and garlic. Sauté another minute, being careful not to burn the garlic. Transfer the veggies to the sausage.

Baaack in the pan, add the butter to melt. Once foamy, add the wine and lemon juice (half the lemon). Whisk for about 3 minutes over a medium-high heat. Let it bubble and simmer for just a tad. Then add the veggies and sausage back to the sauce in the pan. Toss it all together.

In the meantime, boil the pasta noodles until al dente. I will say, if you’re using flat and curly, add the curly first, as it will take longer to boil. Once al dente, drain and toss them into the sausage mix, right in the pan!

Transfer to a large serving platter, garnish with freshly grated parmesan and minced parsley! And the remaining lemon wedges. For sure on the lemon wedges.

Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage / Bev Cooks

I like new years.

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30 Responses to Broken Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms and Sausage

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl January 15, 2015 at 6:41 am #
    Ugh. I want this for breakfast. You had me at broken noodles.
  2. Ashley January 15, 2015 at 9:12 am #
    I want to eat all of the broken curtains!!!!
  3. krystal January 15, 2015 at 11:04 am #
    this looks like a gooood way to use up random 1/3-full boxes of lasagna noodles! I don't know why I never think to use them as pasta. Also, cubes parm thrown in a food processor and ground is. dah. best. It just tastes better, it's fast, and has great texture.
  4. Jennifer @ The Foodie Patootie January 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm #
    Gah, everything with pasta is such a win in my book. Broken, as curtains, in all slurpury strands - it does not matter. Then you add kale and mushrooms and sausage and snow parm?! Do you feel like officially adopting a 30 year old?
  5. Courtney @ Neighborfood January 15, 2015 at 3:25 pm #
    This is my love language. Also, now I want a lasagna duvet for my bed. That sounds like the coziest thing ever.
  6. Megan @ My Bacon-Wrapped Life January 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm #
    I LOVE the idea of broken lasagna noodles - so cozy!! And kale + sausage is only the best combo that ever existed. I need this now!
  7. GloriaConorou January 17, 2015 at 10:40 am #
    Hey, don`t be shoked:). We are always glad to see some new (maybe for others, old) recipe and try to surprise our families! Thanks for sharing.
  8. Kiran @ January 17, 2015 at 10:17 pm #
    Broken noodles or not, want this for brunch tomorrow.
  9. Kate January 18, 2015 at 3:49 pm #
    I want to eat this pasta every day of my life forever and ever. It looks so, so, so, so good!
  10. Sarah January 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm #
    This recipe was spectacular! It got me out of my 'red sauce rut'. Thank you for sharing!
  11. Liz @ Floating Kitchen January 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm #
    Lasagna slip cover? Wait. No. Um....this looks amazing!!
  12. Jamie January 19, 2015 at 11:48 am #
    Because I have a long commute and a crazy 2.5 year old, I do kale, sausage and mushrooms atop boxed mac n cheese, and could totally live off that for the rest of my life (with the occasional citrus fruit tossed in to prevent scurvy...). Next time I have TIME on my hands I'll be trying your version. YUM = )
  13. Julie @ Table for Two January 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm #
    LOVE broken pasta! I want to faceplant into that huge's so gorgeous and cozy!
  14. Karen January 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm #
    We eat those three things in various rotation every single week, too. MInus the mushrooms for my kids though, who although teens have yet to discover they like them. Delicious and definitely soul-warming! I love the broken pasta.
  15. mymansbellyl January 22, 2015 at 11:25 am #
    I would end up making this mostly because my lasagna noodles are usually broken to bits when I go to use them to make lasagna. So kale, sausage and bits it is.
  16. Devon January 28, 2015 at 11:06 am #
    made this last night - the perfect combination of ingredients :)
  17. Jessica February 3, 2015 at 8:52 pm #
    This was a big hit for dinner tonight. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.
  18. cynthia February 19, 2015 at 7:35 pm #
    This is glorious. And I have ALWAYS WONDERED about that pokey side!!!
  19. plasterer bristol July 10, 2015 at 2:00 am #
    Sounds really delicious. Will be giving this a go. Thanks for sharing. Simon
  20. Marny June 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm #
    This was delicious! What a great use for all the broken lasagna pieces I have left in the box! And it was actually much lighter-tasting than I'd expected. We used spicy Italian sausage and it gave it a nice kick. Thanks for a great recipe!
  21. Eric May 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm #
    Oh man the sauce in this is so delicious, I want to eat it every night like another commenter said. I subbed spaghetti noodles for lasagna and used Brussels sprout raab instead of kale because it's what I had on hand, but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Yum! Thank you for sharing this with the world.
  22. varun barve April 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm #
    wow this pasta recipe is one of the best I have seen recently


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