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

One Pot Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.8 — Votes 12 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 5 servings
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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add fresh cracked black pepper, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes, capers and toss to combine. Serve immediately.