Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Orecchiette with Sausage and Chard

This pasta was quick and delicious! This hearty dish is nicely balanced by the lemon juice and zest which brings a nice fresh flavor to the pasta. I'm not sure if it was because we were hungry, but my husband told me multiple times that this dish was really good.

My version was adapted from Chef Symon.  Click here for Symon's recipe.

Doesn't that look good?

Orecchiette with Sausage and Chard (Serves 6-8)
Time: 30mins Cook and Prep

- 1-1.5lb Sausage (You can really use any type of sausage that you want. Whether you like poultry, pork, or vegetarian, pick whatever floats your boat!)
- 1lb Orecchiette Pasta (Save 1/2 cup of pasta water)
- 1 bushel of Swiss Chard, roughly chopped (You can use another dark leafy green)
- 1-2 Garlic cloves, crushed or garlic powder (Optional)
- 1/2-1 Lemon (Zest and juice)
- 1 16z Can Cannellini Beans (Navy or Great Northern)
- 1/2-1c of Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and Pepper (Final step, add to your liking)
- Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

  1. Cook your pasta al dente, follow directions on the package. I used to not like al dente pasta, but my trip to Italy changed that!
  2. Remove your sausage from the casing, brown and crumble it on a large pan heated on medium. Add your chard and let it wilt for a few minutes.
  3. When the pasta is done,drain and add it to the pan Add in your reserved pasta water at this point and let it simmer down for a few minutes.
  4. Finally, add your beans, juice and zest of one lemon, and sprinkle on your cheese. 

Remember the best way to reheat pasta is back in the pan with some broth or a a little bit of water. If you're going to put it in the microwave, I find that the pasta will stay fairly moist when covered with a wet paper towel.


Jean said...

yum! It looks so yummy! I gotta try the pasta (with spinach because I don't think T and E will like chard..or I could be wrong) and the pancakes this weekend!

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

It is delicious! I wasn't sure how I would like the chard but I really enjoyed it. I'm sure it will be great with spinach too.

Anonymous said...

OMG!! Totally trying this recipe too!! Every one that I have tried has been amazing!!! You are on my recipe checker list. :)

Diana S.

Eat. Love. and Be Merry. said...

Diana, let me know when you try it! It's a great pasta!