Sausage Chard Pasta

This nutritional sausage chard pasta is seasonal and simple enough to make at the end of a long day. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients

  • Olive oil 
  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage links, removed from the casing 
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard, stems and leaves divided 
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • Kosher salt 
  • 1 pound rigatoni 
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan-Reggiano, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed 

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, set over medium heat, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage (removed from its casing) and crumble and break up with a spatula. Cook for about 5 minutes, until sausage is browned. Remove from the pan and transfer to a bowl. 
  2. To prep the Swiss chard, I chopped up the stems into 1/4-inch pieces and roughly chopped up the leaves. Add an additional teaspoon or two of olive oil to the pan. Add the minced shallot, swiss chard stems and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the Swiss chard leaves and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove everything from the pan and transfer to the bowl with the sausage. Turn the flame off. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rigatoni according to the package’s instructions, about 8 minutes. Remove about 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside. 
  4. To the large skillet, set over medium heat, add the wine to deglaze the pan. Using a spatula, scrape up any bits left behind from the sausage or Swiss chard. Next, add the pasta water, olive oil, grated Parmesan-Reggiano and crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. At that time, add the reserved pasta, sausage, Swiss chard mixture and peas. Toss until combined. Top with more grated cheese and serve. 
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