Sausage, Eggplant and Kale Pasta

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

Satisfy your carb cravings with this healthy pasta dish filled with flavor-packed Italian sausage, eggplant and kale.

Sausage, Kale and Eggplant Pasta - The Lemon Bowl

Last week I gave you a glimpse inside a typical Door to Door Organics order so today I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe that uses a few items from our box. After chatting with several friends, I quickly learned that my family probably eats more fruits and vegetables than the typical American family. Trust me, I get it.

So, I figured that if I was going to take the time to recommend signing up for a weekly produce delivery service, it only makes sense that I also show you HOW to use up all of those gorgeous fruits and vegetables. After all, the key to being able to maintain long term healthy eating habits is having the tools and knowledge to put those good intentions into actions. 

Sausage, Kale and Eggplant Pasta by The Lemon Bowl

Today’s recipe is more of a method than a specific guideline. As always, I encourage you to mix and match with whatever you have on hand. We happened to order spicy organic pork sausage through Door to Door Organics but you are welcome to swap it out with chicken sausage, turkey sausage, you name it. Kale and eggplant work really well in this pasta but so would mushrooms, zucchini, or asparagus.

Make it your own and have fun getting in the kitchen.

Your fork is waiting.

Sausage, Kale and Eggplant Pasta by The Lemon Bowl

Sausage, Eggplant and Kale Pasta

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Satisfy your carb cravings with this healthy pasta dish filled with flavor-packed Italian sausage, eggplant and kale.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 12 ounces uncooked Italian pork sausage (or turkey/chicken sausage)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 eggplant (skin on & cubed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • 4 cups torn kale (we used purple kale but any type works)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley


  • Prepare pasta according to package instructions reserving 1 cup of starchy cooking liquid.
  • Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high and spray with cooking spray. Add sausage and begin to break down with a wooden spoon while it browns, 8-10 minutes. Remove browned sausage from pan and set aside.
  • To the warm pan, add olive oil and garlic. Heat for 30 seconds before adding eggplant. salt and chili flakes. Sauté eggplant until softened, 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add reserved pasta cooking liquid and use wooden spoon to scrape brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in kale and cook 2-3 minutes or until wilted.
  • Return cooked sausage and pasta to the pan and cook until heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in parmesan and parsley before serving. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.


To reduce the sodium content, simply omit the added salt or reduce the parmesan cheese


Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 56.5gProtein: 19.7gFat: 20.5gSaturated Fat: 6.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1039mgFiber: 11.8gSugar: 2.8g

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60 responses to “Sausage, Eggplant and Kale Pasta”

  1. Kirsten Avatar

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate your help in making this index better!

  2. Rachel H Avatar
    Rachel H

    Had eggplant and kale lying in my fridge, and googled a recipe and this popped up. Eating it atm, and its delicious!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you found the recipe and I’m so glad you like it!!

  3. Sally T. Avatar
    Sally T.

    I have to eat veggies and fruits as I have celiacs,I love the fact
    that they deliver,as sometimes I am so sick it is hard for me
    to get out all of the time.I usually incorporate mushrooms,onions,spinach
    into my rice and tomatoes on my salads with apples, dried cranberries,cucumbers.I just bought fresh strawberries so I make a spinach
    salad with walnuts and pears.
    It is not hard when you learn how to eat so many different things~snacks are
    raw carrots and celery.

  4. Cynthia Gastelum Avatar
    Cynthia Gastelum

    Veggies and Fruits make for easy snacks in my house. My daughter loves fresh strawberries and cherry tomatoes.

  5. Christina Avatar

    I make sure a vegetable is the dominant component of my lunches and dinners, and have fruit everyday with breakfast and for dessert!

  6. Sally T. Avatar
    Sally T.

    When I was little my Dad and Mom would have to force feed me veggies,
    now that I have grown up~I can not get enough,and I love to eat them
    raw,especially grn.beans.I love broccoli,and I incorporate
    a lot of my veggies into morning noon and night.I have Celiacs so
    I have to be careful with gluten.It now is just a way of life for me,and
    you just learn to ENJOY.

  7. Karen Lynch Avatar
    Karen Lynch

    I make stir frys and am trying to make grain based based salads with produce in it.

  8. april Avatar

    Our family incorporates fruits and veggies but having plenty on hand to snack on…a full fruit bowl on the counter and crunchy raw veggies cut and ready in the fridge.

  9. Kristen Varner Avatar
    Kristen Varner

    I’m the summer we belong to a csa. We eat at least one fruit or vegetable at each meal.

  10. Sarah J. Avatar
    Sarah J.

    We try to eat fruit and veggies at every meal and at snacks. Our favorite is peanut butter and banana ice cream. Those are the only two ingredients and it’s delicious!

  11. Christine from Cook the Story Avatar
    Christine from Cook the Story

    I love everything about this dish! Absolutely fabulous!

  12. katy Avatar

    I add veggie to every meal: salads, soups, roasted, or steamed. I love fruits; we eat them plain raw (sliced).

  13. Ashley Trail Avatar
    Ashley Trail

    We incorporate more veggies and fruits with each meal by buying more fresh stuff. If I have it I will find ways to use it, I love trying new things and I personally eat at least one salad a day as a meal, and there are all kinds of ways to get creative with that :)

  14. Kristen Avatar

    We have a side salad with most dinners we cook at home!

  15. Kate Avatar

    We try to make sure we have fruit and/or a veggie at every meal! Smoothies and salads are the easiest way to get more in.

  16. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog Avatar
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    This is totally my kind of recipe Liz-simple, one can substitute ingredients one has in, and sounds (and looks) totally delicious! I will definitely be trying it!
    I love to make sauces out of vegetables (Roasted Red Pepper or Cauliflower sauces for example) when I need to use up vegetables or throwing them in pasta, like you’ve done here :)
    Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway, I’d love to win and order a box of wonderful fruits and veggies to be delivered at my moms house in Chicago!

  17. Carrie Avatar

    Smoothies are definitely the easiest way to sneak veggies into the kids. Both of my kids love avocados, so if I feel like they haven’t gotten enough veggies one day, I just cut one in half and let them eat it with a spoon.

  18. Carol at Wild Goose Tea Avatar
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I am with the comment that my attention was captured as soon as I read eggplant. I suspect I would use spinach instead of kale, but as you noted there are lots of wonderful mix and match choices. I have become quite fond of whole wheat noodles. I tried them for a change of pace only. Then found my preference leaning in that direction.

  19. Marina Avatar

    I mean I could eat fruits and veggies plain and raw all day long, but I love incorporating veggies like kale and spinach in my soups, stews, and pasta dishes, Also, vegan Hawaiian pizza is SO GOOD. Yay for pineapple!

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