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Italian Sausage and Kale Rigatoni

Italian Sausage and Kale Rigatoni | With minimal prep time and just 9 ingredients, this pasta dish is here to make your weeknight dinners easy as 1-2-3! The simple tomato sauce is made from scratch, using canned tomatoes, dried herbs from your pantry, garlic, Italian sausage for mild or spicy flavor, and fresh kale which delivers iron and vitamin C. This recipe serves 6 portions, so it makes for a great meal prep dish or weeknight meal with ample leftovers to enjoy for lunch.

Ingredients

Yield: Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes
2 Italian sausage links (sweet or spicy)
2 cloves minced garlic
½ cup finely chopped white onion
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
3 tablespoons Kikkoman® Soy Sauce
2 cups chopped kale
16 ounces rigatoni

For Serving
6 tablespoons chopped basil
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Drain tomatoes, reserving ⅔ cup of juice from either can. Add tomatoes to a large bowl with juice. Use hands or a potato masher to crush tomatoes until slightly chunky in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Brown sausage in a large pan or pot with raised sides until fully cooked, about 10 minutes. turning regularly for even cooking. Set sausage aside to cool slightly. Slice into ¼ inch slices.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add minced garlic and onion to pan and sauté in sausage drippings for 5 minutes, until onion softens. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil and soy sauce. Simmer sauce for 20 minutes. Add kale during the last 2-3 minutes to wilt.
  4. While sauce is simmering, begin cooking pasta according to package directions. Serve sauce over rigatoni topped with sausage, parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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