In my last post I mentioned a nice trip I made to the farmer's market this weekend. I didn't just pick up tomatoes and a pepper. I also picked up some kale, some onions and some carrots. You know what else I picked up?
Free-range spicy Italian sausage!
Is this one of the most beautiful sausages you have ever seen? **Awaits comment from Donna**
I had a nice dinner with the spicy chicken, but I needed something tasty and reasonably healthful for lunch. I squished my brains around a bit and came up with a new, simple pasta dish.
First I sauteed some onions and LOTS garlic (Did I write a post about restraint? Why?). Then I added the kale.
I cut the sausage into links and cooked it separately. Then I sliced it up and added it to the kale. I threw in a splash of white wine for good measure.
I tossed in a box of whole wheat rotelle and then plenty of ricotta cheese for creaminess and parmesan for saltiness.
Don't you just want to eat this? (Donna may have an interesting answer for this one too.)
Rotelle with Kale and Sausage
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
2 small onions (or one large-to-medium one), finely diced
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbl olive oil
1 big bunch of kale, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup white wine
1 pound part-skim ricotta
1 pound whole-wheat (or regular if you prefer) rotelle
Copious amounts of grated parmesan
Cut sausage into links and cook separately. Cut into slices.
Heat olive oil in a large pan. Cook onions until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add kale and cook down.
Add in sausage and wine. Allow wine to evaporate off.
Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and mix into the kale mixture. Stir in ricotta and parmesan. Add salt to taste.