One Pan Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Kale
I’ve been seeing “one pan” pasta dishes all over food blogs for a long while now, and to be honest, I am not sure why I resisted making it before. I liked the idea of the dry pasta cooking in the broth with the sausage, onions, garlic, and spices instead of just salted water. Cooking pasta like this is more hands-on than regular pasta cooking but it was fun for me and reminded me of making risotto. This orecchiette with Italian sausage and kale had a great depth of flavor for a dish with so few ingredients. I loved that it was a simple recipe to make but not boring. My family loved this pasta and my husband enjoyed the leftovers for lunch today. This pasta paired very nicely with a loaf of crusty baked bread and the Roasted Beet Salad with Spinach, Feta, and Toasted Pecans.
How to Make One-Pan Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Kale
Pour the chicken broth in a small saucepan over low heat to warm through.
Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until it is soft and golden, about 5-6 minutes. Stir sausage into the onions along with the basil, oregano, crushed fennel seed, and crushed red pepper flakes; cook and stir until sausage is broken up and just browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Pour 1 ½ cups of warm chicken broth into the sausage mixture and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan. Add the orecchiette pasta; cook and stir pasta in the hot broth, adding remaining broth when liquid is absorbed, until pasta is cooked through and most of the broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if needed.
Stir kale into sausage mixture until it wilts, about 1-2 minutes. Ladle pasta into bowls and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
It looks so delicious! I love one pan meals 🙂
I’m a one pot meal fan and yours looks delish
Love the shape of orecchiette! And I love it when it’s combined with dark greens (kale is perfect) and sausage. I’ve been resisting the one-pan movement too, and I don’t know why. I need to get with the program! This looks wonderful — thanks.
very awesome method, and your combination of ingredients couldn’t be more appealing!
Any dish that is one pan is good to me :-))) This though sounds delicious. Have a good day Diane
I like cooking the ve3ggies with the pasta for pasta primavera. I never thought of adding the sausage; this dish looks wonderful, Pam!
omg.. this looks so good. I love the addition of kale. i never make Orecchiette.. need to try it out.
Ha! Pam slipped some new silverware in on us!
I’ve never tried this method before Pam. It looks so good
I too love one pot meals! This looks so delicious!
This pasta is so delicious. I have not tried the one pan version but it sure looks easier. Have to try ,it this way next time.