1 box whole wheat pasta shells (or other kind of pasta that holds sauce well, so not noodles, but things like rigatoni, shells, penne, etc.)
Approximately 2 tsps of Olive Oil
1 package (5 links) of turkey sausage, Hot Italian (if you don't like it hot, go for the mild Italian...you can find these at any grocery store)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 bunch kale--remove stems, roll up two to three pieces, then slice as thinly as you like--for this dish I say thinner is better
1 large pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
1 can of San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes (you could also use another form, with more solid tomatoes, but as I've mentioned before, Matt doesn't eat anything with tomatoes). I highly recommend San Marzano tomatoes. Their flavor is incredible and they really top any other canned tomatoes I've ever had. These are available at both Harris Teeter and Fresh Market, as well as Williams-Sonoma. They usually look like the can below, just the top and bottom color is different based on what kind they are (strained, diced, etc.).
In a large fry pan over medium heat, drizzle a little olive oil in the pan, so it isn't dry.
Sear the turkey sausage for a few minutes on each side, then remove, and slice into approximately 1-inch slices (let's be real, I did not measure them, just use your best judgment).
Put the sausage pieces back into the same pan and then add in the onion.
Meanwhile, put water on to boil, and then cook the pasta according to instructions.
Cook this until the sausage and onions are caramelized and the sausage is cooked all the way through... I didn't really time this part, sorry, you again need to use your judgment but I would say it took between 15-20 minutes.
Stir occasionally to ensure that the onions don't burn.
So easy, and very delicious! Because the sausage is turkey sausage and the pasta is whole wheat, this is a fairly healthy pasta dish. Not using a jarred sauce, and simply using canned tomatoes and then adding your own flavors eliminates a lot of additives and imparts a more natural flavor. The turkey sausage is high in protein but low in calories and carbs. The kale is an awesome leafy green that is hearty enough to allow you to have a smaller portion for dinner. The whole wheat pasta provides whole grains and fiber. All in all, very healthy and delicious. I even brought the rest of it to work today (because I had a LOT left over) and everyone loved it...even my friend who didn't think she liked whole wheat pasta! Highly recommend!