Chicken Sausage and Baby Kale Shells

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 Chicken Sausage and Baby Kale Shells

(serves 4)


This dinner is one of my oldest, easiest and healthiest recipes! I have been making it regularly for years and it is a perfect recipe for a weeknight dinner when you are pinched for time. It is also great to make ahead, as it lasts for several days in the fridge! TBH, I make it slightly different each time, so feel free to get creative with your seasonings. Sometimes I will add some cayenne, oregano or basil. If you don’t like smoked paprika, use regular paprika! Usually the chicken sausage in the casing that you find at the store or butcher already has seasonings added to it, so just use whatever you like! Also, if you didn’t already know, kale is one of the worlds healthiest superfoods. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, as well as lower cholesterol which can reduce the risk of heart disease.


-          2-3 cloves garlic, minced

-          ½ onion, chopped

-          2 lbs raw chicken sausage (in casing, removed)

-          2 cans fire roasted, diced tomatoes

-          1 tsp. smoked paprika

-          S&P, to taste

-          1 tsp. red pepper flakes

-          12 oz cooked shells (to package direction)

-          ¼ c. grated parmesan

-          16 oz. baby kale

-          1 tbsp. oil (I use sunflower or avocado)


1.       Cook pasta according to package direction.

2.       Sauté onion and garlic over medium heat in skillet with 1 tbsp. oil until fragrant.

3.       Add chicken sausage (remove from casings) and break up pieces with a spoon. Cook until sausage is fully cooked through.

4.       Add fire roasted tomatoes and your seasonings. Simmer for 10-15 minutes

5.       Add the baby kale and grated parm and stir for 1-2 minutes until kale is wilted.

6.       Add the cooked shells to the sausage mixture and stir until it is all combined. Feel free to add a splash of pasta water here to loosen it up, or a tablespoon of chicken broth. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes.

7.       Serve and enjoy!