Geoffrey Zakarian’s Cavatappi with Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms | The Kitchen | Food Network

Geoffrey uses a corkscrew pasta that is perfect for holding on to all the meaty flavor in this hearty dish!
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Cavatappi with Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms
Level: Easy
Total: 55 min
Active: 40 min
Yield: 2 servings


Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 links sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
1/4 cup ‘nduja sausage
1 clove garlic
6 ounces mixed mushrooms, such as chanterelle and cremini
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 cups chopped kale, such as dinosaur or curly
8 ounces cavatappi pasta
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup ground Parmigiano-Reggiano


Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt.

In a large saute pan, 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat along with the sausage and ‘nduja and cook, breaking apart the meat into smaller pieces, until the sausage is browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms and increase the heat to medium-high.

Cook until the mushrooms begin to brown, then give them a stir and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute. Add the kale and continue to cook until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the pasta to the water and cook to al dente.

Strain the pasta, reserving a small amount of the water in a bowl. Add the pasta to the saute pan and bring to a simmer. Add pasta water by 1/4 cup as needed if the pasta is dry. Toss, cooking until the pasta begins to get coated and the sauce begins to thicken. Add the remaining tablespoon olive oil. Add the butter, then remove the pan from the heat and add half the cheese. Stir the mixture until thickened and glossy. If too thick, add a splash of the pasta water. Season to taste.

Divide between bowls and garnish with the remaining cheese.

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