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Sausage and Swiss Chard Rigatoni
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Sausage and Swiss Chard Rigatoni

Kids will love the combination of sausage, pasta and mellow, sweet Swiss chard. It's easy enough to make on a weeknight.

By Soo Kim And The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: November 2009

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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  • Portion size 6 to 8


  • 4 tsp 4tspolive oil
  • 3 3Italian sausageItalian sausages, casings removed
  • 3 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tsphot pepper flakes
  • 1 can 1can(28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1 pinch 1pinchgranulated sugar
  • 1 cup 1cuprinsed drained canned navy beannavy beans
  • 5 cups 5cupsmezzi rigatoni or rigatoni pasta
  • 8 cups 8cupschopped Swiss chard, (13 oz/380 g)
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupshredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupgrated Parmesan cheese
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In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté sausages, breaking up with spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and hot pepper flakes; cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes, basil, salt and sugar; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in beans. (Make-ahead: Let cool; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

Meanwhile, in large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook pasta until still slightly firm in centre, about 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot, reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooking liquid. Add sauce, reserved cooking liquid and Swiss chard; toss to coat. Transfer to 10-cup (2.5 L) glass baking dish.

Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; cover with greased foil. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until bubbly and browned, about 10 minutes.

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Nutritional Information Per each of 8 servings: about

cal 393 pro 18g total fat 16g sat. fat 6g
carb 44g fibre 4g chol 34mg sodium 871mg
potassium 643mg

% RDI:

calcium 16 iron 32 vit A 18 vit C 37
folate 50
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