If you're looking for a delicious way to add more vegetables to your life, we've got you covered with this fantastic It's Skinny Fettuccine Pasta with sausage and kale (and broccolini too)! This recipe is delicious, comforting, satisfying and full of nutritious green veggies.
Whether you’re following keto or a low-carb lifestyle, this is a great go-to recipe when you need a hearty dinner (without carb overload). Don’t miss this delicious low-carb pasta recipe.
Sausage and Kale: A Perfect Combo for Chilly Weather
Get out your plaid shacket and fuzzy boots because this might be the perfect cold-weather meal. Now, of course, you can enjoy pasta with sausage and kale anytime, even in the spring or summer. Make your own rules!
But there’s something cozy and comforting about tucking into a hearty bowl of pasta, meaty and flavorful sausage, and bright green kale. We add broccolini, onions, and herbs to this delicious dish, and it gets a bright note from a kick of lemon. However, the real stars of this bowl are the sausage and kale.
Kale is a really lovely green that is available nearly year-round. Frost-sweetened kale is particularly nice in the autumn and winter. Tender baby kale is typically mild tasting. As kale ages, it becomes a tad bitter, which can be less palatable for some people.
Like many vegetables, kale produces special enzymes during cold weather that help break down internal starches into simple sugar. The increased sugar helps keep the plants from freezing. While this doesn't significantly increase or change the calories in the plant or turn kale into candy, it does add a slight pleasant sweetness that can take you from a kale tolerator to a kale stan.
The sweetening effect isn’t limited to kale, either. Other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and even root vegetables can sweeten up in cooler weather. It’s one more great reason to enjoy veggies all year round.
We've also included broccolini in this pasta with sausage and kale recipe. What is broccolini? Broccolini is a cross between traditional broccoli and longer-stemmed Chinese broccoli. The flavor is similar to broccoli crossed with asparagus. It’s got a nice, crunchy texture, even when cooked, and it’s pleasantly easy to work with.
If you can't find broccolini, you could also use regular ol' broccoli in this recipe. Cut it down into florets and watch that it doesn't overcook. We recommend swapping broccoli rather than broccoli rabe (also known as rapini). Broccoli rabe is a sharp, bitter-tasting vegetable used frequently in Italian cooking. It's actually in the turnip family (rather than the broccoli family).
While broccoli rabe can be delicious when properly prepared, broccolini or regular broccoli fit a little better in this dish.
Low-Carb Fettuccine? You Bet!
Now for the real low-carb workhorse of this dish: It’s Skinny Fettuccine Pasta. If you’ve never used It’s Skinny Pasta before, be prepared to fall in love!
With zero net carbs and only 9 calories per bag, It’s Skinny Pasta is a keto dieter’s dream! You can enjoy It’s Skinny in its many different styles to lighten up all your favorite dishes. It’s Skinny comes in several varieties, including:
The sizes and shapes of It’s Skinny Pasta allow you to easily recreate all your favorite dishes, from yummy noodle bowls to rice pudding to your favorite spaghetti. The texture and taste of It’s Skinny is like traditional pasta. It won’t overpower the dish and, instead, takes on the flavors of the surrounding ingredients.
All the It’s Skinny options are delicious, low-carb, and so easy to prepare. Simply open the package of It’s Skinny, drain, rinse, and add to the pan at the end of cooking your other ingredients. It’s Skinny heats through in just a few minutes, and it’s ready to eat—no boiling water or waiting necessary.
What gives It's Skinny its impressive stats? It's a strange little vegetable called konjac. Konjac is just taking off in the United States, but it's been used in food and medicine across Asia for years. The konjac root resembles a turnip or potato. It's a small, round root veggie that just so happens to be an excellent base for pasta.
Konjac is high in glucomannan fiber—a filling nutrient that helps you keep steady blood sugar levels. So you'll feel full and satisfied without calories or carbs. It's that simple!
If you're ready to try It's Skinny, order today! You can order a convenient six-pack of Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rice, Angel Hair or our variety pack to try each type! Once you see how easy and delicious low-carb pasta can be, you’ll fall in love with It’s Skinny!
FAQs About It’s Skinny Fettuccine with Sausage and Kale
We're all about trying new recipes and customizing at It's Skinny. Find new ways to make It's Skinny your very own. If you're wondering how to customize It's Skinny Fettuccine Pasta with sausage and kale, here are a few ideas.
What Other Vegetables and Herbs Can I Use Instead of Kale?
We love all kinds of kale in this dish, whether it’s curly kale or the flat variety. You could also make this Fettuccine pasta and sausage with spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, or turnip greens. If you can’t find broccolini, broccoli is an excellent substitution. Broccoli rabe offers a sharper, slightly bitter taste but could offset the heat in the sausage.
As for other ways to customize this dish, we suggest trying it with sauteed bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, or adding additional onion. Red onion, yellow onion, or leeks could all play well in this Fettuccine Pasta with sausage and kale recipe. If you want to add a kick, try chopped hot peppers, red pepper flakes, or garlic powder.
What Type of Sausage is Best in this Dish?
We went with a classic mild Italian sausage in our recipe, but you can customize this dish with any type of sausage you prefer. Spicy hot sausage could really give it a kick. Be sure to explore the ingredients in your sausage to ensure that you choose high-quality sausage with whole ingredients, especially if you’re following a keto diet.
Sweet Italian sausage typically gets its sweetness from fennel (not sugar), making it low-carb and still appropriate for keto dieters. If you follow other diets like paleo, you may or may not avoid processed meats. You could also use seasoned ground beef or pork if you can't find an appropriate sausage.
How Can I Make this Dish to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions?
It’s Skinny Fettuccine Pasta is gluten-free! As long as you check the sausage and chicken stock ingredients, this dish should be safe for those avoiding gluten. Omit the parmesan to make the dish dairy-free, and consider swapping the sausage and chicken stock for vegetarian sausage and veggie broth to accommodate vegetarian diners.
Because It’s Skinny is plant-based and low-calorie, with ZERO net carbs, it works well for all sorts of eating plans. The filling fiber can keep you satisfied all day and allows you to customize dishes in many different ways for many different diets.
It’s Skinny Fettuccine Pasta with Sausage and Kale Recipe
Ready to make your new favorite comfort food? Gather your ingredients and prepare because this one-pot pasta dish comes together fast! You’ll have a hearty and satisfying dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes flat! Fast comfort food? What’s not to love?
Open the package of It’s Skinny Pasta, drain, and rinse. Pat dry with a paper towel if preferred and set aside.
Slice vegetables, including onion—we're slicing the onion, not dicing because we want this dish to have plenty of great texture. Chop sausage and herbs.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Add onions and sauté until soft. Add sausage and brown. Add broccolini to the pan, and add chicken stock and kale. Cover the pan with a lid to steam up and soften the vegetables.
Remove the lid from the pan after 1-2 minutes and squeeze the juice from half a lemon. Return the lid to the pan and continue to sauté until vegetables are softened to your liking.
Remove the lid from the pan. Add the It's Skinny Pasta Fettuccine and heat through for 1-2 minutes. Add ¼ cup of parmesan cheese. Remove the dish from the heat and serve. Top with additional cheese and lemon zest to enjoy this delicious guilt-free meal!
Nutrition Information for Fettuccine Pasta with Sausage and Kale
Nutrition information for 1 serving. Full recipe makes 2 servings.