Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Kielbasa, Kale and Cannelini Pasta

Last night was a clean out the fridge night.  Sweet Girl was my sous chef and we created a tasy pasta dish.  I had a half a kielbasa in the fridge and some kale that needed to be eaten.  My sous chef and I started grabbing ingredients and we created a great pasta dish.  I wish I had a picture of Sweet Girl manning the saute pan because she did a fantastic job.  I handed her a wooden spoon and asked her to keep an eye on the onions and the kielbasa and she asked , "you mean you want me to saute it?"  LOVE HER!!  She's also not afraid of a little kale which is fabulous - if I was making this with Little Man he would have made sure there was  no "green stuff" in the pan whatsoever.  Here is our creation Enjoy!!

What you need:
1/2 kielbasa, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 bunch kale, cleaned stems removed and chopped
1/2 can cannelini beans, drained
2/3 -1 cup chicken broth
parmigiana cheese
pasta of your choice (I made this with whole wheat pasta)

What you do:
Saute the kielbasa for a few minutes and then add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.  
Meanwhile, get the water going for the pasta.  Once it comes to a boil add the kale and blanch it for 5 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the saute pan.  Go ahead and make your pasta now.
Add the broth to the mixture and be sure to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.    
When the pasta is done reserve 1 cup of the cooking water when draining.  Add 1/2 to the  sauce (you can add more if you feel you need it).  Serve sauce with pasta and top with cheese.

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  1. This looks really yummy! I like the layering of textures and flavors with the sausage, beans and kale. They seem like they'd balance each other out quite nicely. It's great that you have such an eager sous chef to help out, too. :~)

    Newly following from What's Cooking Wednesday. I'll definitely be putting this lovely dish in my recipe files!

  2. I just love that your daughter is really getting involved in the kitchen. You must be so proud!

    And she's a master of flavors, obviously. (like her momma). This pasta sounds delicious!

  3. These are ingredients I use all the time, but I never thought about putting them together. This will be on the menu next week.

  4. This looks like a wonderful week night recipe, I love finding new quick meals.

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  5. Hi Danielle,
    I can almost smell this wonderful dish, the flavor combination for your recipe is awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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