Vegan With Soul: Creamy Kale Pasta with Sausage
Did you see me cook live tonight on Facebook? I made this dish LIVE and it was so much fun. I wanted something indulgent, but still relatively healthy for me. At 427 calories, a bowl of this pasta hit the spot!
2 vegan Italian sausages
2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
1 cup of diced onions
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup of good white wine
1 cup of vegetable stock
1 cup of vegan half and half
1/2 teaspoon of water mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
About a half teaspoon of each of the following: dried fennel, dried basil, dried thyme, garlic powder, and onion powder
1/2 pound of cooked pasta
4 cups of thinly sliced kale
To start, when you cook the pasta, be sure to cook it in salty water. My golden rule is simple – over salt the water, under cook the pasta! Set it aside until we’re ready for it.
Meanwhile, warm the sausages through by heating 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet and cooking the sausages in the hot oil on all sides until warmed through. Then, set aside.
To make the sauce, saute the onions in olive oil until tender. While they’re sauteing, season with a bit of salt and pepper. Then, once they’re tender, add in the garlic and let the garlic cook for about 60 seconds. Next, add in the white wine and the vegetable stock and let the mixture reduce by about half. Once that happens, you can add in the half and half, the dried fennel, dried basil, dried thyme, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. After you season the sauce, taste it. If it needs salt, then add some. Let this mixture come to a boil, then throw in the kale. Reduce the heat and let it simmer.
If you’re in a hurry (like most of us), then, mix together the cornstarch and water. While the heat is on and the sauce is bubbling, …