Dutch Oven Pasta with Sausage

Yes, there's kale in it... Yes you will love it!

This pasta dish isn’t just incredibly flavorful, it’s really simple. Add all your ingredients to the pot, cook, and serve. Which makes it perfect for a quick, filling meal after a long day on the trail. Serve with some bread or eat it alone… You can’t go wrong!

When I make this, or any other recipes for that matter, I try to do as much prep work as I can at home. With a toddler and an infant, it can be tough to do much in the evening when we get into camp. Unless I’m on a long trip with resupply stops, I chop veggies at home. It only saves 5 minutes or so but it helps things run a little smoother. Regardless of how you do your prep, its an easy recipe, and will be a hit in any camp.

Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 15 min Servings: 4-5


  • 8oz Whole Wheat Rotini or Penne
  • 8oz Italian Sausage (casing removed)
  •  4-6 cups Chopped Kale (optional)
  •  14oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Medium Sliced Carrots (optional)
  • 1 diced Green Bell Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2tbsp Pesto (optional)
  • 2tsp Italian Seasoning
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Bread (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Brown sausage in pan over med/high heat, breaking apart with a spatula or spoon in a dutch oven or large skillet.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the dutch oven or large skillet. Add 4 cups of water.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a strong simmer / light boil for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is almost completely gone.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with optional Grated Parmesan Cheese and a slice of good Crusty Bread.
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