One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale

one pot pasta with Italian sausage, kale, and parmesan cheese in a white cast iron pot on a marble surface

4.7 from 11 reviews

This one pot pasta combines kale, Italian sausage, lemons, garlic, and capers for a flavorful pasta that’s perfect for weeknights!


  • 12 ounces spaghetti or linguine (this one is our favorite for gluten-free)
  • 12 ounces fully cooked Italian sausage, sliced (we used Aidell’s)
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • Zest of one lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
  • Juice of two lemons (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 heads lacinato kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, for garnish


  1. Combine pasta, sliced chicken sausage, lemon zest, sliced garlic, olive oil, salt, and 4 1/2 cups water in a large pot over high heat. Once the water is boiling, reduce heat to medium-high and set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  2. After 10 minutes, add the kale and lemon juice and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the pasta is al dente and about 90% of the water is gone and a thick sauce has formed, then remove the pasta from heat.
  3. Add fresh cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes, capers and toss to combine. Serve immediately.