Someone had a birthday this past Friday!! Yeah, it was me. How did you guess?!
So now that I'm one year older, I'm trying to figure out if I'm also wiser. I'd like to think so. I can tell you for sure that I don't have any more patience. If anything, my limited amount of patience is ebbing away as I write this.
In fact, this meal was whipped up due to my impatience (and also my never-ending quest to clean out my refrigerator and pantry). I was looking for something quick and easy to make one day and this recipe called to me. There's no reason not to love this dish. There's sausage and cheese and marinara sauce, which is always a delicious mix. It sort of reminds me of a pizza.
But wait! There's also super healthy stuff in here. There are chickpeas and kale for your Brooklyn hipster side, if you want to indulge him or her. I would personally suggest serving this with rice, pasta, or maybe even some spaghetti squash to make it more of a meal and less of a side dish. But no matter what, I'm sure you're going to love this!
Sausage & Kale Skillet
slightly adapted from Budget Bytes
makes 4 servings
- 12 ounces Italian sausage
- 1 bunch kale
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1) Cut the sausage casings open and place the meat into a large skillet. Cook the sausage over medium heat until browned all the way through. Make sure to break up the sausage into bits as it cooks through.
2) Meanwhile, remove the kale leaves from the stems. Slice the leaves into thin strips and rinse well. Add the kale to the skillet with the sausage.
3) Stir everything together and allow the kale to cook for a few minutes, or until it is fully wilted.
4) Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add the chickpeas and the garlic to the skillet and stir everything together.
5) Pour the marinara sauce over the contents of the skillet.
6) Top the sauce with the shredded cheese. Place a lid on the skillet and allow the dish to simmer until the cheese is melted.
7) Serve warm, with rice or pasta.