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Fast & Easy Dinner: Gemelli With Sausage and Swiss Chard

Fast & Easy Dinner: Gemelli With Sausage and Swiss Chard

Pasta is an obvious choice for a super swift yet delicious meal. Why? Because an easy and tasty sauce comes together while the pasta cooks. Sautéed Italian sausage, garlic, and swiss chard are delicious when tossed with cooked gemelli. Raisins, pine nuts, and Parmesan round out the hearty dish.

Feel free to get experimental with the recipe. Use arugula instead of chard, or dried cranberries instead of raisins. For the recipe, please


Gemelli With Sausage and Swiss Chard
From Everyday Food magazine

1/3 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 pound Swiss chard, tough stems removed, leaves cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
1 pound gemelli or other short pasta
3/4 cup raisins, plumped in boiling water and drained
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

  1. In a large skillet, toast pine nuts over medium-high heat, shaking the pan to toast evenly, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from skillet.
  2. In the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and cook, breaking it up with a fork, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add chard, garlic, and pepper; cook, tossing, until chard wilts, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions, about 12 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot.
  5. Add sausage mixture to pasta with 1/2 cup reserved cooking water, raisins, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan; toss to combine. Add more cooking water if pasta seems dry.
  6. Serve with more Parmesan.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
arihm arihm 8 years
I made a modified version of this tonight and it was delicious! My roomies and I like our pastas on the saucier side, so I just added 2 cans of pureed tomatoes and some oregano to the sausage/chard/pine nut mixture. We omitted the raisins because we thought it would be a bit odd and we didn't need the pasta water! It was great and easy!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Another yummy recipe to make - printed and ready to cook. Love the suggested subs; on Martha Stewart's web site someone added sun dried tomatoes for the raisins, another subbed chicken sausage. All good ideas.
emalove emalove 9 years
Looks good!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
yummy! pine nuts go so tasty with pasta
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Hmm I might try it...
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