Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4

Willy and Sandy Hermann, readers from Orinda, California, shared this easy one-dish meal with us. They like to use hot sausage, but mild is good too. You can use the chard stems for soup if you like.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic, stirring frequently, until sausage starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chard and tomatoes and cook, covered, until chard wilts, about 4 minutes. Stir in cream.

Step 2

Put drained pasta in a large, shallow serving bowl. Pour sausage and chard mixture over pasta and sprinkle with basil and parmesan cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

cooklite4me's Review

April 30, 2014

detailaddict's Review

April 04, 2014
This is really good. I've made it twice now with different greens (first chard and then a mix of baby salad greens), and both times with whole-grain macaroni. I also used sun-dried tomatoes as I didn't have fresh on-hand. It's quick to throw together and makes a complete meal, although it still invites a side. Even though it's a "fall" dish it can be seasonless with the abundance of greens year-round.

diannelbarnett's Review

March 27, 2014
Yes! This is a flavorfully awesome yet easy to make for special or any occasion, comfort food that is a satisfying meal, or even for use as a well-deserved, as a self treat! ;-)

HouseChef's Review

April 27, 2013
We love this recipe and have had it nearly weekly since it was published! There are never any leftovers! We sub kale, spinach, or escarole for the chard, leave out the cream, and add a dollop of pesto sauce on the top (Costco sells a fantastic one made in Italy). Also, we use rotini, and other small shaped pasta to help gather up the sauce. We also used farrow once, in place of the pasta, and it was very good, too.

SuzanneM's Review

February 04, 2013
Great way to use the large bunches of chard or other greens that come in our veggie box. Simple to prep, easily obtainable ingredients and quick to put together. I plan to keep turkey sausage on hand to be able to make this tasty dinner whenever. Kids loved it, too. Another plus.

dmarkowitz's Review

November 05, 2012
Made this with spaghetti squash once, and with whole wheat pasta the other time, both were excellent! Spicy sausage was great, and it's so yummy and a great way to get some chard into our meal.

hradestam's Review

October 22, 2012
Excellent dish!!! Next time I will double the sauce. Just not enough to go around. Also, I used Kale instead of Swiss Chard (we love Kale). Just delish!

Innesnt's Review

October 22, 2012
I love this recipe. I made this for myself to get me through a long week but I don't think it's going to last the first night! I'm sure I can find a friend or two to share this with if there's any left over.

DeAnnaOwens's Review

October 07, 2012

Lisa214's Review

October 04, 2012
Fast, easy and really good. I used kale instead of swiss chard, fresh spinach would be good too. Definitely a keeper in the weeknight rotation.