This is a delicious pasta from Shine from Yahoo! It comes together quickly and easily.
1/4 c. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 t. crushed red chile flakes
1# sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
1 bunch of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
2 1/2 c. half and half
1/3 c. Parmesan, grated
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1# penne pasta
3 T. finely chopped parsley for garnish
Heat oil in a 6 quart saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and red chile flakes, cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add sausage and cook, using a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces until browned, about 16-18 minutes. Add kale, season with salt and pepper. Cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add half and half and bring to a simmer, cook, stirring occasionally until reduced by one third, 7-8 minutes. Stir in Parmesan, lemon zest , juice and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper and set aside, keeping warm. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally until al dente, about 8+ minutes, depending on the brand of pasta. Reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water, drain pasta and add both to the reserved sauce. Cook for 5 more minutes. Garnish with parsley.