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Swiss Chard, Sausage, Pasta, and Bean Casserole

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Swiss Chard, Sausage, Pasta, and Bean Casserole

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Ingredients :

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water
  • ½ (16 ounce) package fusilli pasta
  • 1 ½ bunches Swiss chard
  • leaves sliced
  • stems reserved
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) links Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 onion
  • chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • crushed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • rinsed and drained
  • 1 tomato
  • chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese
  • Methods :

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Bring 1 teaspoon salt and water to a boil. Stir in the fusilli, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally for about 6 minutes.
  • Stir Swiss chard stems and chicken bouillon granules into pasta and water. Continue cooking until pasta has cooked through but is still slightly firm, about 6 more minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain pasta and chard stems.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sausage links until evenly browned and no longer pink in the center. Transfer sausage to a plate and slice.
  • Heat butter and red pepper flakes over medium heat in the skillet used to cook sausage; cook and stir onion and garlic in butter until tender and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir sliced Swiss chard leaves and balsamic vinegar into onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until chard leaves are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Mix kidney beans and tomato into chard leaf and onion mixture; continue to cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Stir pasta, chard stems, and 1/2 of the reserved cooking liquid into the vegetables. Season with salt and black pepper. If the sauce becomes too dry, add remaining cooking liquid.
  • Transfer pasta mixture to a large baking dish.
  • Arrange sliced sausage and crumbled feta cheese atop pasta, pressing the mixture down.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until feta cheese begins to melt, about 15 minutes. Turn on the oven’s broiler and broil until cheese is browned, 3 to 5 more minutes.
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