Pork and Fennel Sausage Pasta with Zucchini and Kale


Pork and Fennel Sausage Pasta with Zucchini and Kale

Pasta, sausage, vegetables all topped with a flavorful garlic and herb bread crumb. This is a crowd pleaser and pairs perfectly with a cheeky glass of crisp white wine. A lovely dish for a Friday evening or weekend while enjoying the last of the summer sun.

Prep Time:

10 mins

Cook Time:

25 mins


4-5 servings


1 packet of Pork and Fennel Sausages

250g pappardelle pasta 

1 diced onion

1 stick diced celery 

4 cloves minced garlic

1 sliced zucchini 

2 cups chopped kale (stems removed)

½ cup dry white wine (we used Sauvignon Blanc)

1 cup chicken stock

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp fresh chopped dill

Juice and zest ½ lemon 

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese



For the breadcrumb:


½ cup bread crumbs

1 clove minced garlic

2  tbsp chopped fresh herbs (we used dill and parsley) 

2 tbsp butter 

Cooking Instructions

1. Prepare Sausage:

   - Remove sausage meat from casings.

2. Cook Pasta:

   - Bring a pot of salted water to the boil.

   - Cook pasta according to packet instructions.

3. Sauté Aromatics:

   - Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.

   - Add onion and celery, cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.

   - Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

4. Cook Sausage Meat:

   - Add sausage meat to the pan.

   - Use a spatula to break up the meat as it cooks, achieving a minced consistency.

   - Cook until browned.

5. Deglaze with White Wine:

   - Pour in white wine to deglaze the pan.

   - Cook off the wine for a few minutes.

6. Add Chicken Stock and Zucchini:

   - Pour in chicken stock and add zucchini.

   - Cook for about 4-5 minutes until the liquid has reduced, and zucchini is softened.

7. Stir in Greens and Flavors:

   - Stir in kale, dill, lemon zest, lemon juice, and pepper.

   - Cook for approximately 1 minute until the kale is softened.

   - Note: Taste before adding salt, as the chicken stock may provide enough saltiness.

8. Combine with Pasta:

   - Turn off the heat.

   - Add the drained pasta to the pan.

   - Stir through with butter and Parmesan.

9. Prepare Garlic Herb Bread Crumbs:

   - In a separate pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter until foamy and starting to turn brown.

   - Add garlic, cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.

   - Add bread crumbs and toast until golden.

   - Stir through fresh herbs.

10. Plate and Serve:

    - Plate the pasta in bowls.

    - Top with garlic herb bread crumbs and extra Parmesan cheese.

    - Serves 4-5.

Enjoy your delicious pasta dish with garlic herb bread crumbs!