Whole-wheat penne pasta redeemed by chard, cheese

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Whole-wheat penne pasta redeemed by chard, cheese

Just a little chicken sausage goes a long way in this recipe for whole-wheat penne with spring greens.
Whole-Wheat Penne with Spring Greens and Sausage

Note: If you have trouble finding Swiss chard, you can substitute spinach. Discard any tough spinach stems and use the leaves as directed.
Start to finish: 45 minutes (15 minutes active)
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
8 ounces whole-wheat penne
1 pound Swiss chard
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces chicken sausages, halved lengthwise, then sliced crosswise ½ inch thick
½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt
15-ounce can (about 1¾ cups) chopped tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1½ ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Method:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for a few minutes less than the recommended time on the box.
Meanwhile, cut off and reserve the Swiss chard stems. Chop the Swiss chard leaves coarsely. Cut the stems into ½-inch lengths.
In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the sausages and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausages to a bowl.
Return the skillet to medium heat and add the onion. Cook until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add Swiss chard stems to the skillet, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and add half the Swiss chard greens. Stir and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are slightly wilted. Add the remaining greens, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until completely wilted. Add the tomatoes, a hefty pinch of salt and the red pepper flakes, if using.
When pasta is almost done but not quite al dente, drain it, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta and ¾ cup of the cooking liquid to the skillet and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, adding more cooking liquid if necessary, until the pasta is al dente and most of the liquid has evaporated. Add the sausages, then season with salt. Divide the mixture among 4 shallow bowls and top each portion with some of the cheese.
Nutrition information per serving: 380 calories; 110 calories from fat (29 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 20 mg cholesterol; 55 g carbohydrate; 8 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 19 g protein; 950 mg sodium.

Whole-wheat penne pasta redeemed by chard, cheese

Just a little chicken sausage goes a long way in this recipe for whole-wheat penne with spring greens.
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