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Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta

This easy and healthy Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta With Kale, Onions, & Peppers is the perfect 30 minute weeknight dinner recipe. It loaded with veggies and parmesan cheese. Chicken or pork sausage works great.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Brianna May


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic grated
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp red pepper
  • cup dry red wine
  • 28 oz red pasta sauce 1 jar
  • 2-3 cup kale leaves
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan reggiano
  • 12 oz penne pasta
  • 4 links spicy italian sausage
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • grated parmesan, parsley, and basil for serving


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute. Add the oregano, thyme, basil, and onion powder and cook for another minute or until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the wine. Let the wine boil and alcohol cook off for a couple of minutes. Add the sauce, kale, and parmesan reggiano and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer on low while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Boil the pasta until it is al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is boiling, grease and heat a large skillet on medium high. Sear the sausage pieces until they are browned on each side. Add the peppers and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the onion and sauté until softened and browned.
  • Two options for serving. You can add the sauce and pasta to the large skillet and serve the pasta tossed with the sauce and sausage mixture. You can also serve the dish layered, starting with the pasta, then piling on the sauce and the sausage mixture.


Sauce: I like to start with a jar of my favorite red pasta sauce. Rao’s is a great brand. I find starting with a jar of pasta sauce adds more flavor to the dish. You can also use crushed tomatoes but you may need to add more seasoning.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g