/ Modified aug 26, 2019 4:23 p.m.

Sausage Chard Pasta

This nutritional sausage chard pasta is seasonal and simple enough to make at the end of a long day.

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PBS/Adrianna Adarme

I like to call pasta dishes like this: “feel good pasta.” Because they feel good after a long day of whatever drama, stress of shenanigans the world has thrown at you. Sitting down with your friends, family or even by yourself, makes it even better with this bowl in front you. - Adrianna Adarme


  • 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage links, removed from the casing
  • 1 bunch of Swiss chard, stems and leaves divided
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan-Reggiano, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

Yield: Serves 4-6


  1. In a large skillet, set over medium heat, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sausage (removed from its casing) and crumble and break up with a spatula. Cook for about 5 minutes, until sausage is browned. Remove from the pan and transfer to a bowl.

  2. To prep the Swiss chard, I chopped up the stems into 1/4-inch pieces and roughly chopped up the leaves. Add an additional teaspoon or two of olive oil to the pan. Add the minced shallot, swiss chard stems and garlic. Cook until softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the Swiss chard leaves and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove everything from the pan and transfer to the bowl with the sausage. Turn the flame off.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the rigatoni according to the package’s instructions, about 8 minutes. Remove about 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside.

  4. To the large skillet, set over medium heat, add the wine to deglaze the pan. Using a spatula, scrape up any bits left behind from the sausage or Swiss chard. Next, add the pasta water, olive oil, grated Parmesan-Reggiano and crushed red pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. At that time, add the reserved pasta, sausage, Swiss chard mixture and peas. Toss until combined. Top with more grated cheese and serve.

Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme Fresh Tastes. For additional tips and photos for this recipe visit PBS FOOD online.

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