Penne with Kale, Sausage and Lemon Cream Sauce

This is a delicious pasta from Shine from Yahoo! It comes together quickly and easily.

Penne with Kale

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.

 

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