Spicy Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta Bake

"Spicy Italian Sausage and Kale Pasta Bake 🥬 Our current favorite pasta dish! Comforting and creamy and spicy with a whole bunch of kale thrown in to balance out all the cheese and pasta (that’s how that works, right?? 🙃)."
-- @30minutefoodie
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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 30mins

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian Sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar your favorite pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 cups torn kale
  • 6 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 pound penne or rigatoni pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.

  • Step 2

    Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven and cook the sausage, crumbling it into pieces. Cook until golden brown.

  • Step 3

    Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then deglaze with a splash of red wine making sure to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.

  • Step 4

    Add a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and the Bomba sauce. Add kale and cook covered on low for 20 minutes.

  • Step 5

    In the meantime, boil the pasta until al dente, reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain.

  • Step 6

    Add cream cheese to the sauce and mix well, then add cooked pasta and stir to coat evenly. Use the reserved pasta water to adjust the consistency.

  • Step 7

    Top with mozzarella cheese and bake for about 30 minutes until the top is melted and bubbly. Serve hot!