With the hectic holiday season I like a dinner that can feed someone who is cold, hungry and tired all with little effort. I am that cold, hungry and tired person and I don't want to be slaving in the kitchen for hours on end to get a meal together.
The other day I wanted a pasta bake so bad. Red sauce. Cheesy goodness. I couldn't get it out of my mind. But I also wanted something healthy and had very little energy left to put into making a meal.
I had a bag of rainbow swiss chard I steamed up. I mixed that in with cheese, ground sausage and red sauce and threw it in a baking dish with some cooked past. After 30 minutes in the oven I had this wonderful dinner. Nice and filling, packed with flavors from the sausage and so simple to put together.
It feeds a crowd so I can see this being the perfect dish to bring to holiday potluck or to serve to some friends at a holiday party. It definitely met my craving for a nice baked pasta meal.
Swiss Chard and Sausage Pasta Bake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 16 oz pasta, cooked al dente according to the package directions
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 16 oz bag rainbow swiss chard, washed and chopped
- 1 lb ground hot Italian sausage
- 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 oz tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X13 baking pan.
Cook pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and set aside when finished.
As pasta is cooking, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil to a saute pan. Heat on medium high and cook onions till just soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Add bag of swiss chard. Toss gently until the swiss chard is cooked down. I had about 1/2 cup of water to help quicken the cooking process. The greens should all be wilted and down in around 15 minutes.
In a separate pan cook ground sausage until down about 10 minutes.
In large bowl combine, pasta, swiss chard, sausage, red sauce and 4 oz of the cheese. Pour into the baking dish.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown. Serve immediately.
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