Spicy Baked Penne with Sausage and Chard

What You Need

8 ounces dried penne pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 links hot Italian sausage (8 oz. total), casings removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped rinsed Swiss chard leaves (about 3 oz.)
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz.)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Hee's How

In a 5 to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 4 quarts water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain.

Pour oil into the same pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage and garlic and stir, breaking apart with spoon, until sausage is crumbled and brown, about 10 minutes.

Add chard and stir until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes with juice, salt, pepper, and cooked pasta. Pour mixture into a 2 to 2 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan cheeses over the top.

Bake in a 350° oven until cheese is browned and bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
Sunset Magazine
September 2004

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