our impromptu late dinner at Via Vite last week inspired last night’s pasta dinner. i discovered this recipe in a back issue of Everyday Food, bought the ingredients at Whole Foods and somehow got cheeks to prepare the meal as i played souz.
even though it is a pasta dish, not having a sauce made it a not-so-heavy meal. and it is very easy to prepare! it’s been added to our list of meals to make at home.
here is the recipe:
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 pound Swiss chard, tough stems removed, leaves cut into thin strips
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
1 pound gemelli or other short pasta *
3/4 cup raisins, plumped in boiling water and drained
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
* we were not able to find gemelli so we substituted with fusili
In a large skillet, toast pine nuts over medium-high heat, shaking the pan to toast evenly, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from skillet.