Penne with Chard and Sausage


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb sweet or hot Italian sausage, removed from its casings and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 lbs (9-12 stems with leaves) swiss chard, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups diced fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 1 lb penne or other similar short pasta
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over med-high heat. Add the sausage and saute until brown, 8-10 min. Add the swiss chard and garlic & saute until the chard is wilted and the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth, basil & mint. Reduce heat & simmer while you cook the pasta.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain well. Transfer to warm serving bowl.
  3. Season the pasta sauce with salt & pepper. Add the sauce to the pasta and toss well. Serve immediately; sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.