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Chorizo and Kale Pasta Bowl

This is one of my (and Fritz’s) absolute favorite meals to make when we are in a hurry but very hungry.  The best thing about a pasta bowl is that you can completely mix it up every time, and it always tastes great!  My basic recipe goes like this: onion and garlic are sautéed together; add sausage (any kind you want); add greens and cook together while the pasta boils; toss in pasta, and top with a little cheese if you want.

Super easy, super filling, super tasty.

I love using bitter greens like kale, chard, escarole, or collard greens in these types of recipes because I’m not a big fan of them raw but don’t mind them at all when cooked–especially when cooked with sausage and cheese, obviously.  That way I can mix it up from the usual baby spinach and get some different nutrients.

So here’s our latest pasta bowl recipe:

Chorizo and Kale Pasta Bowl (serves two very hungry people)

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion (we were out of onions today, but I would have used some if I had it!)
  • 3 links chorizo sausage (maybe about 1/2 lb), casing removed
  • several heaping handfuls kale, roughly chopped
  • 6 ounces uncooked whole-wheat pasta (I usually use penne or rotini)
  • 1-2 ounces mozzarella cheese to top
Bring a pot of water to boil, then add the pasta and cook until al dente.
Saute the garlic and onions in a dash of canola oil, then add the sausage.  I like to take off the casing so I can crumble the sausage as it cooks, but you could also slice it.  Add the kale and cover, allowing the kale to cook down until tender and the sausage is fully cooked.
When the pasta is ready, drain it and toss it into the pot with the sausage mixture.  Top with the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
You gotta love a big bowl of hearty pasta and veggies, ya know?
The kale and cheese is my favorite part of this meal, and Fritz likes the chorizo the best.  What a perfect pair.  Oh…and watch out for cat burglars (ha!).
In other news, I sat outside during lunch at work today (we had a family lunch in the parking lot today), and nurtured a nice, toasty sunburn on my chest.  Luckily my moisturizer has SPF-something in it, so my face was spared.  I’ve decided this year that protecting my skin is more important than having a tan, so I was a little bummed to get my first burn–but at least it was a small one!  I have big plans to go to the beach this weekend, but I’m gonna load up on sunscreen.

Just ’cause a girl is pale, freckly, and prone to lobster burns doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy lounging in the sun.

Also, congratulations to my sister Kristen for graduating today, and to my BFF Jenny for graduating this weekend!  You guys have worked so hard and deserve the best!

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  1. Megan

    Pretty sure I’ll be making this this weekend. All ingredients I love and have on hand and it looks delicious! If my husband picks around the kale, oh well, I’ll eat his!

  2. Marta @ I love breakfast

    The bowl is beautiful, and the food looks so colorful and delicious, that I’m not surprised the cat was trying to get it ;)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      not to mention he’s also just the world’s worst cat…

  3. Florence

    It looks delicious.It’s like portuguese recipes.Do you know Caldo verde soup? Have a nice day.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I made caldo verde soup once and LOVED it!

  4. Cait

    I’ve actually been carrying a (big) bottle of sunscreen with me in my handbag this summer. It’s a low SPF (8 or 15 or something) but the nice thing is that I can always run to the bathroom and slather some on if I might be going outside. :)
    Just a thought!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Definitely what I need to start doing!

  5. Jenny @ BAKE

    I eat something very similar which we call ‘rubbish pasta’ as we just use whatever leftover veg we have, and we add chilli flakes and mozzarella. Your photos are gorgeous!

  6. Pinchy

    I made this over the weekend and it was great! I didn’t add the cheese since I’m lactose intolerant, but it wa amazing, fragrant, and fast!

  7. Lara

    I made this tonight and it was deelish! My first time cooking with kale and it was great.

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