Savory, garlicky Italian Sausage and Kale Rigatoni that will take you to Italy without leaving your kitchen. Enjoy topped with smooth, melted mozzarella and fresh basil.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
I was thinking about this the other day while running (where I get most of my thinking done)… while we’ve (you and I) been able to connect on a deeper level through posts like this, this, this, and this, I’ve never really done a condensed “fun facts” post. Something lighthearted, not too deep, but enough to give you a little glimpse into who I am beyond the recipes.
Remember in school, on the first day, when you’d have to stand up and say your name, where you’re from, and a fun fact. You know, those “ice breakers” our teachers always made us do? I was always so bad at those. Beyond just being utterly terrified of public speaking (in this case, simply speaking in front of a few other people), I just could never really think of a fun fact about myself like the other students. You’d here things like “I was born in Germany” or “I met the President”… and I’m over here like “uhhhh pass”.
So, here we go… I’m going to try and think of 20 random fun facts about myself. And can I ask you for a favor in return? Can you comment with a few fun facts about YOU? I’d love to know more about who’s reading this little blog here!
1. I’ve lived in Tennessee for part of my life!
2. I was a cheerleader for eight years (competitive and high school) and pole vaulted for four years.
3. I used to loathe running (my track coach would make the PVers run) in high school. You’d never guess I do it for a stress reliever now.
4. I’ve been to Hawaii three times.
5. My first language was Spanish. My mom is from Cuba, as is her whole family, and I was born in Miami where Spanish is ubiquitous. I lost my fluency upon moving to Memphis three years later, but my mom/family still speak to me in Spanish (and I respond in English most of the time).
6. The first time I ever watched Lone Survivor, the lone survivor himself (Marcus Luttrell) was sitting right in front of me. He was training at the facility I interned at in Pensacola, and had rented out a local movie theater for the staff to watch it with him.
7. I once saw the entire SNL cast at the Beverley Hilton in Beverley Hills because the hotel was hosting a cast meeting in one of their conference rooms, and my family and I happened to be staying there while on vacation. To this day it kills me that I was too afraid to bother them for a photo.
8. I’ve run one half marathon – the Disney Princess Half at Disney World.
9. My favorite TV shows include Silicon Valley, Girls, and almost everything on Bravo.
10. My nickname in elementary school was “Mingo” because everybody made fun of me for having “flamingo legs” so I said eff you and called myself Mingo.
11. My favorite band in middle school was Blink-182, so much so that my email address was “blink182iscool”.
12. I played the violin when I was younger.
13. I watch The Devil Wears Prada every time it’s on TV.
14. My least favorite food is olives. *gag*
15. I hate rollercoasters. You could not pay me a million dollars to ride one. I am not kidding.
16. I want to publish a book one day.
17. The best hamburger I’ve ever had was a teriyaki burger at a gas station in Hawaii.
18. I drink coffee every single day.
19. I have my B.S. in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration. My favorite sports team(s) is the Florida Gators.
And last but not least…
20. If there was one dish that I had to eat for the rest of my life, it would be pasta.
*gasps for air because that was really hard*
I’m not really sure if there is anyone in the world that doesn’t like pasta. I’m convinced that if you don’t, that you actually do, and you’re just lying. So don’t even try to tell me that you don’t like pasta, ‘CAUSE YOU LYIN’.
I used to be afraid to indulge in pasta, but now I eat it about once a week. Being that my father’s family is Sicilian, it’s pretty much in my blood to eat pasta on the reg, so I kind of have to, right?
Actually, funny enough, we didn’t eat that much pasta when we visited Sicily a couple years ago. The town we visited was Cefalu, where my family lives. It’s a beach town, so we got our fill of seafood. Of course we enjoyed pasta here and there, but it wasn’t as prominent there as it was in Rome.
This Italian Sausage and Kale Rigatoni is a great weeknight dinner option as it’s basically cooked in one skillet (minus boiling the pasta).
- 1 box rigatoni pasta
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups (heaping handfuls) of chopped kale
- ½ cup white wine
- 5 links of Italian sausage, sliced into 1 inch pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 jar of pasta sauce
- Top with:
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup fresh, julienned basil
- Heat a large pot of water over high heat. Add pasta when boiling and cook according to package directions. Set aside in a colinder when al dente.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil.
- Add sausage and cook until browned. Set aside in a separate bowl.
- Add remaining two tbsp of evoo to the skillet, again over medium heat.
- Add kale, white wine, and garlic.
- Cook until kale is wilted and wine is reduced.
- Add sausage and combine with kale. Use tongs to mix well.
- Add rigatoni to kale and sausage mixture.
- Pour sauce over mixture and stir together.
- Enjoy topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
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