|Veggies before adding the pasta.|
1 box/package Orecchiette (or shape of your choosing)
1/2 lb. sausage (I like sweet Italian)
1 yellow, crook necked squash
1 small zucchini
1/2 bundle of Kale
4-5 cloves garlic
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
Start by prepping all of your vegetables. Your squash and zucchini should be cut in roughly the same size chunks (I like to stick to semi circles of each). Slice your garlic into thin slices and set aside. Prep your Kale by pulling the leaf away from the stem & then slicing a rough chiffonade (small ribbons) of the leafs. Now you're ready to cook!
Begin cooking the pasta as directed. In another pan, heat the pan on medium-high heat. Fry the sausage until brown and remove to a plate on a paper towel. In the drippings left behind, stir in your garlic slices and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute, followed by the squash and zucchini. Cook until veggies are soft--about 4 minutes. Toss in the kale slices and cook an additional minute or two until the kale wilts.
When the pasta has cooked, drain it (retaining a little pasta water for the finished dish) and put it in with the vegetables. Use a little of the pasta water to loosen up the whole mixture. It's ready to serve!
This was really good and kept very well. I think that the kale will take some getting used to, even though its flavor isn't really that strong. This was still a nice way of adding it in to a recipe.
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