Quick dinners are a necessity. Sausage with garlic Swiss chard over penne is a quick and simple recipe that can be put together in under 30 minutes.
I'm a big believer in meal planning. This isn't just because I'm a dietitian. I've been meal planning since I was in college. As a dietitian, I know the benefits of home-cooked meals, but I don't want to cook every night. Even if I did there are times when I just can't.
In my CSA share last summer I received a bunch of Swiss Chard. Swiss Chard isn't a vegetable I have eaten more than one time previously. I don't like to waste anything, so I was determined to use the Swiss Chard. When I meal plan I always take inventory of what I already have in the pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.
At this particular time, I had sweet sausage in the freezer, Penne pasta in the pantry, and white wine in the refrigerator. It's so fun when recipes just come together like this! The dish was a hit, so this summer we grew Swiss Chard in our garden.
Swiss Chard Nutrition: (1 cup) 7 calories, 0.1 gm Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 77 mg Sodium, 136 mg Potassium, 1.3 gm carbohydrates, 0.6 gm Protein. Swiss Chard is an excellent source of Vitamin K, A, and C.
Note: Anyone taking Coumadin should limit or avoid eating Swiss Chard because of the Vitamin K content.
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage casing removed
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 bunch Swiss Chard about 6 stalks, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup white wine
- 3 -4 cups of cooked penne pasta
- In a large saute pan cook sausage over medium high heat until fully cooked, about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove sausage from pan and keep warm.
- Turn down heat to medium.
- Add garlic to saute pan and cook for about 1 -2 minutes until tender.
- Next add in Swiss chard, cooking for 3-4 minutes until tender.
- Add butter and melt.
- Add wine, bring to a slow boil and let sauce cook for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add cooked pasta and toss to mix ingredients.
- Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
If you have the need to lower carbs just eliminate the pasta!