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Pasta with Italian Sausage and Collard Greens

Pasta with Italian Sausage and Collard Greens
  • Meal

    Pasta

  • Cusine

    Italian

Ingredients

1 bunch collard greens

2-3 T olive oil

1 T minced garlic

1 tsp. hot pepper flakes

3 links hot turkey Italian Sausage

1 cup

salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions

Bring small pot of water to boil, add sausage and cook at low simmer 10 minutes.Let sausage cool and slice.Bring large pot of water to a boil, add sliced collards and boil 5-7 minutes, until tender but still bright green.Remove collards from water and drain, keeping water in the pot and bringing it back to a boil.When water comes to a boil, add pasta and a generous amount of salt and cook 9-10 minutes, until done but still quite al dente.Drain pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.While pasta cooks, in large skillet, heat 2 T olive oil.Add sliced sausage and brown until well browned on both sides.Remove sausage.Add remaining T olive oil (if desired, I didn’t need it) and garlic (and red pepper if using) and cook 2 minutes, scraping bottom of pan to get browned sausage bits.Add collards and saute 2 minutes, then add sausage, pasta, and enough cooking liquid to moisten dish, and cook 2 minutes more or until the pasta and sausage are heated through.Taste and season with salt and pepper.Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.