Rigatoni with Chicken Italian Sausage, Swiss Chard & Peppers
Everyone will be asking for seconds of this colorful and extremely satisfying dish.
1 pound rigatoni pasta
1-2 red peppers, seeded and chopped
1 Walla Walla sweet onion
1 bunch rainbow Swiss chard, removed from tough rib ends and then roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons freshly-chopped parsley
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus an additional tablespoon for finishing
Grana-style cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Cook rigatoni for 5-7 minutes in a pot of heavily salted water until al dente, or just cooked through with a bit of bite left. Reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain, and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, cook the chicken Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking the sausage apart with a wooden spoon or spatula. Remove the sausage to a plate and set aside.
3. Wipe any excess grease from the skillet with a paper towel, then drizzle in 2
tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add in garlic, peppers and onions and sauté until all the veggies are tender and begin to brown in spots, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the chopped chard and wine and continue to sauté, stirring until chard is just wilted.
4. Add the pasta and chicken sausage to the skillet and toss to combine with the veggies; season with salt and pepper as necessary. Add chicken stock and simmer for two minutes or until slightly reduced. Finish by sprinkling each serving with grated Grana-style cheese and an additional swirl of olive oil.