Work week meals can seem like such a chore. We are often left with zero energy for meal time at the end of a busy day at the office, even when our office is at home. This is a great meal that is quick and easy to prep but still tastes like a million bucks and you an evening in was spent in the kitchen slaving over it!
15 minutes-start to finish! With plenty of time to relax over a nice glass of wine! Try this great selection with it!
Now that we have your priorities heading in the right direction for relaxation, here is the recipe!
3/4 pound Swiss chard (preferably red; from 1 bunch)
1 pound fresh ground sage sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
3/4 pound penne
1 pound finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1/2 cup) plus additional for serving
Cut out center ribs and stems from chard, then thoroughly wash, along with leaves, in several changes of cold water. Cut ribs and stems crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and coarsely chop leaves.
Brown fresh ground sausage over medium-high heat. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Cook chard ribs and stems with salt in fat remaining in pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add chard leaves, water, and red-pepper flakes and simmer, partially covered, until chard stems are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir in sausage.
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, then reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water and drain pasta in a colander. Add pasta to chard mixture with cheese and salt to taste and toss until combined well. Thin with some of reserved pasta water if necessary.