Kale With Sausage & Sun Dried Tomatoes


I posted about my recent addiction to kale last week, and it is still going strong. We will be returning to Umbria, Italy in just  a couple of weeks and I know that kale will not be readily available in my farmers markets until fall so I am enjoying it while I can. I decided this week to create a simple kale and sausage sauté for dinner one night and it was both filling and delicious so I know I will be making it again. I included some chopped sun dried Bella Sun Luci Tomatoes along with the kale which really added a vibrant, bright flavor to the dish. My family likes things spicy, so I chose to use hot Italian sausage, but you could certainly use mild sausages if you prefer, or even Italian turkey sausages if you are interested in keeping this dish on the lighter side.

You can buy a number of varieties of kale, but if it is available, I prefer Tuscan kale (Lacinato), or the purple veined Red Russian variety. Both of these types of kale are a little sweeter in flavor and can be enjoyed raw as well as cooked. When buying kale, look for dark colored leaves free of blemishes or discolorations, and avoid any bunches that are wilted or limp. I like to trim the kale by removing the thicker, tough center vein with a sharp knife.



Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 2013

Kale With Sausage & Sun Dried Tomatoes

Yield: Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Spicy Italian Sausage Links, Meat Removed From Casing (About 6 Ounces)
2 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Thinly Sliced
1/4 Cup Bella San Luci Chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes
2 Bunches Kale (See Notes), Trimmed, Washed, & Chopped
Salt & Pepper to Taste


In a large pan, heat the olive over medium high heat and cook the sausage , stirring occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes.
Add the garlic and sun dried tomatoes and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, mixing well.
Remove the sausage mixture to a plate until needed.
Add half the kale to the pan, and once it has wilted, add the other half.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup of water, reduce heat to medium low; cover, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
Uncover, and cook until there is no more liquid.
Add the sausage mixture to the pan and mix well.
Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.


9 Responses to “Kale With Sausage & Sun Dried Tomatoes”

  1. 1
    LivedinItaly — April 27, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Ciao! In the directions it states “2 Bunches Kale (See Notes), Trimmed, Washed, & Chopped” yet I could not find the ‘Notes’. Were the notes omitted? Grazie!


    Deborah Reply:

    It refers to the headnotes which are above the recipe.


    LivedinItaly Reply:

    Ah, now I understand. :) Grazie mille!


  2. 2
    Lesley Jones — May 1, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious and easy, thanks for sharing.



  3. 3
    Lea — May 9, 2013 @ 10:43 am


    This recipe is amazing- I have already made it twice since posting! My fiancee and I are trying to eat healthy/low carb for summer (as I mentioned in another comment) so this meal was PERFECT as we LOVE Italian food and everything on your blog and it’s hard to find recipes with sausage (we used turkey sausage) that doesn’t involve pasta (which we absolutely love but the before summer diet were trying to reduce!). Thanks for the great recipe- I will be making this very often!



    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks for the update Lea, much appreciated!


  4. 4
    John V — June 20, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Not a huge fan of kale … would this work with Swiss Chard?


    Deborah Reply:

    I would think swiss chard should work out fine.


  5. 5
    Charlene — August 8, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Made this tonight and really enjoyed it. My only changes were to add crushed red pepper flakes, a little red wine vinegar (the purple? kale I used was a little bitter) and chicken broth in lieu of the water. I deglazed the pan before adding the kale. I might add a drained, rinsed can of cannellini beans next time. Thanks!


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