Sneaky kale is back at it again! Muahaha!
I think the best way to eat kale is by cooking it beyond recognition. I mean, not like, cook the nutrients out, but disguise it enough that you think you’re merely eating spinach.
Funny story – the other night I threw together a Cesar salad based only of baby kale, and Adrian asked me if I had plucked it from the back yard. He said, “this tastes like a weed.” How does he know what weeds taste like? I don’t know. Unfortunately, he was right. How do I know that? Because when I was kid I wanted to see if I could survive off of grass like the bunnies do. I quickly found out that I could not. I also wanted to see why squirrels were so obsessed with acorns, but that’s another story.
So anyway, luckily for the both of us, I know an easy, go-to creamy garlic sauce that will pair with just about anything, and since I am still trying to get my full servings of veggies each day, I decided that a kale pasta would be a smart way to do it. I was right. As usual!
This is also a one-pot dish for those of us who hate doing dishes (me). You start by making the base of the sauce and then add everything else and cook! It’s so easy!
I used veggie noodles for this, and I wanted to be sure to put some protein in there, too, so I added turkey sausage. Adrian and I aren’t big fans of pork (as I’m sure you’ve figured out), but we aren’t going to give up bacon without a fight! We love Jenny-O’s turkey sausage, bacon, and ground turkey. For this recipe, I used Jenny-O’s sausage link!
- 1 12oz box of spaghetti noodles of your choice (I used veggie noodles)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup parmesean
- 1 tsp Basil seasonings
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 13 oz bag of baby kale
- 1 package of turkey sausage, sliced into bite sized pieces (optional)
- Feta crumbles for topping! (optional)
- In a large pot, place a small amount of oil on medium heat (I use coconut oil). Add the garlic and saute until fragrant (2-3 minutes). Add in the chicken broth and water, then the seasonings and stir. Add the noodles and bring to a light boil. Once the broth is at a boil, turn the heat to low and cover for 15- 20 minutes, letting the noodles soak up the broth and become tender.
- Add the turkey sausage, kale, and parmesean. Stir everything together and let cook until the baby kale is tender.
- Top with feta, or whatever you want, and enjoy!