Gemelli with Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Pine Nuts

2 reviews, 3.5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Pine nuts, which are harvested from pinecones, can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. Store them in the refrigerator for up to three months; freeze them for up to nine. Swiss Chard, a member of the beet family, comes in several varieties, which can be used interchangeably. Look for chard with bright-green leaves and no brown spots.

Prep: 35 minutes

Total: 35 minutes


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 cloves Garlic; minced
Salt & 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

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



1.In a large skillet, toast pine nuts over medium-high heat, shaking the pan to toast evenly, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from skillet.

2.In the same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and cook, breaking it up with a fork, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add chard, garlic, and pepper; cook, tossing, until chard wilts, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover to keep warm.

3.In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions, about 12 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot.

4.Add sausage mixture to pasta with 1/2 cup reserved cooking water, raisins, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan; toss to combine. Add more cooking water if pasta seems dry. Serve with more Parmesan.

Alert editor   
Calories Per Serving: 392 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Gemelli with Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Pine Nuts

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Add my review

Excellent! I added shallots and more garlic. It was delicious
Kamani74 3y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
sbjonas 5y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free