Today’s recipe comes to you courtesy of my talented friend Liz who blogs over at The Lemon Bowl. If you’ve been on Pinterest at all lately, you’ve probably seen some of her amazing photos and recipes floating around. She’s mom to two adorable boys and has an amazing blog that’s jam-packed with quick, healthy recipes. If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I share pretty much every recipe she publishes. I can’t help it. They all sound so darn good. Go check out her blog, then come back to read about this quick, easy dinner idea that she’s sharing over over today!
I’m so excited to be guest posting for my friend Lindsay while she enjoys this special time with her new baby. As a busy mom of a 3 year old and 10 month old, I know first-hand how hectic it can be to juggle a busy blog with a new baby so I’m honored to be here today.
This flavor-packed Bowtie Pasta with Sausage, White Beans and Kale is not only easy to make but is ideal for a new mom because it is a one-pot meal that requires minimal prep work and clean up. An excellent source of calcium and iron, it is packed with vitamins and nutrients for mommy, baby and the whole family. Heck, it even tastes good at 3am during a middle-of-the-night feeding. I speak from experience.
Congratulations Lindsay! I’m so happy for you and your family! Thank you so much for having me here today!
What’s your favorite one-pot meal?
Bowtie Pasta with Sausage, White Beans and Kale
A one-pot meal that requires minimal prep work and clean up, it's an excellent source of calcium and iron and is packed with vitamins and nutrients.
- 8 ounces whole wheat bowties (or short pasta of choice)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Italian turkey sausage links â sweet or spicy
- 2 cloves garlic â minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes - optional
- 4 cups kale â roughly chopped
- 15 ounce can cannellini beans â drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese â grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- minced parsley â garnish
- Cook pasta according to package directions reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid before draining. *For al dente, cook for 1 minute less than instructed. I also suggest cooking the pasta in salty water â itâs your only opportunity to season the pasta.
- In a deep pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Remove sausage from casings and add to the pan. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage meat as it browns, 7-9 minutes.
- When sausage is almost completely browned, add garlic, oregano, fennel and chili flakes. Stir and cook for 30 seconds to release flavors.
- Deglaze the pan by adding the reserved starchy cooking water and scraping up all of the brown bits with the wooden spoon.
- Add kale to the pan along with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Toss until wilted, 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in beans, parmesan cheese and reserved bowties. Heat until warmed through, 4-5 minutes. Garnish minced parsley before serving.