Pasta with Swiss Chard and Sausage
Serves 6

1 pound penne, cooked 3 minutes short of al dente, saving some of the pasta water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 bunch Swiss chard, tough stems trimmed, and cut into 1/2-inch ribbons
1/2 cups 1/2 and 1/2
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and saute the sausage, breaking it up, until it is no longer pink.
2. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and onion, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.
3. Add the chard, and toss to combine.
4. Add the 1/2 and 1/2, and simmer for 4 minutes, until the chard is softened. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Add the hot pasta to the skillet, and toss to coat. Add 1/2 of the cheese, and toss again.
6. Serve the pasta garnished with the remaining cheese.

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