Penne with Italian Sausage and Greens Recipe

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  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, spinach or other mild-flavored greens
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced (use more or fewer, as preferred)
  • 1 sweet red pepper, fresh or bottled, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, more if needed
  • 2 pounds coarsely grated cheese
  • 12 ounces penne or other short pasta
  • salt
Container: large pot, skillet
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  • In a large pot, bring 3 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil.
  • While water heats, prepare greens: remove any large stems, rinse leaves and chop coarsely. Slice garlic and cut  the pepper into narrow strips. Cut sausage into 1" lengths, (casing on or off, as preferred).
  • Over medium heat, brown the sausage in a heavy skillet, stirring occasionally. If, after browning, there is more than about a tablespoon of fat in the skillet, spoon some out. If there is little or no fat, add about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add garlic and pepper to the skillet, stir into the sausage, and cook about 5 minutes.
  • When the water boils, add pasta and cook according to package directions. About 5 minutes before pasta is done, add the chopped greens and submerge in the pasta water. Finish cooking the pasta and greens and drain thoroughly.
  • Put pasta in a serving dish, add sausage mixture and stir together. Pour olive oil over and serve immediately, with grated cheese on the side. (Sprinkle a little of the cheese on the top if you wish).
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