Our take on baked penne won’t leave you feeling guilty after. Pasta is tossed in a robust tomato sauce of chicken sausage, kale, earthy oregano and sweet red onion. Add some mozzarella cheese and top it off with parmesan before baking for a cheesy finish!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and boil a pot of salted water. Peel and chop the onion and mince the garlic. Remove the rib from the center of the kale and coarsely chop.
In a pan heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until it begins to soften, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
Remove the casing from the sausage and add to pan, breaking sausage into bite sized pieces.
Add tomatoes and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce.
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook for 8 minutes. Add kale to the pot and cook 1 minute more. Drain and return to pot. Add the sausage and sauce and stir to combine.
Transfer the pasta to a baking dish and top with mozzarella and half of the parmesan. Bake for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Finish: Serve straight from the oven and top with the remaining parmesan.