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rigatoni with sausage and kale in white baking dish

Creamy Rigatoni With Sausage and Kale

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 20m
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Entrée, Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This easy rigatoni with sausage and kale is wildly delicious. Rigatoni pasta paired with ground sausage and wonderfully sautéed kale meets spices, ample garlic flavor, and mozzarella cheese!


  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 generous handfuls of roughly chopped kale
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) bag shredded mozzarella cheese, about 2 cups


  1. In a large stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions, al dente. 
  2. On a separate burner, in a large pot/dutch oven, heat butter/olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Once hot, add in sausage and cook until browned, breaking up meat with wooden spatula; about 5 minutes. Add in garlic and kale. Continue cooking until kale wilts down a bit, about 2-3 min.
  4. Season mixture with salt/black pepper, to taste, and crush red pepper flakes.
  5. Drain pasta and add into sausage mixture pot. Pour in broth and cream, and stir to combine.
  6. Sprinkle in cheese and continue stirring until cheese has melted. Serve warm and enjoy!


  1. For baked version: preheat oven to 375°F. Reserve a handful of cheese, about 1/2 cup. Empty pasta into a large baking dish and sprinkle top of pasta with reserved cheese. Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes until lightly golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

Keywords: dinner, pasta, sausage, kale