Sausage and Leek Orecchiette – What’s Gaby Cooking

TGIF! I’ve been living off this Sausage and Leek Orecchiette recently and I can’t get enough!

Sausage and Leek Orecchiette from (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s loaded with kale, tons of leeks which are literally my currently favorite vegetable, a bit of savory sausage, cheese, red pepper flakes, and more! I used my favorite little Orecchiette pasta because they look like little ears, but feel free to use whatever kind of pasta you prefer!

Sausage and Leek Orecchiette

Sausage and Leek Orecchiette


  • 1 pound sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
  • 4 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise, rinsed and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 bunches dinosaur kale
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Kosher salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1 cup Parmesan, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Asiago, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water


  1. In a large skillet, sauté the sausages over medium-high, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add chopped leeks to sausage in skillet and cook until softened, about 5 more minutes. Add kale and cook until wilted. Add wine and cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan, until mostly evaporated. Stir in butter and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Drain pasta, return to pot, add sausage mixture, and toss to combine, adding reserved pasta water as needed to thicken sauce. Toss in the shredded Parmesan and Asiago. Adjust salt and pepper as needed and serve.


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