Orecchiette with Sausage, Chard, and Parsnips
This hearty pasta dish capitalizes on the herbal sweetness of parsnips.
- Total Time:
- Servings: 4
Photography: Romulo Yanes
Source: Everyday Food, October 2012
- Salt and pepper
- 3/4 pound orecchiette
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds (halved if large)
- 1 bunch Swiss chard, tough stems and ribs removed, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces), plus more for serving
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta, according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and return to pot.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon, until browned, 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to pot. Add parsnips to skillet and saute until softened and browned, 5 minutes. Add chard and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to pot and toss. Add Parmesan and enough pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta; season with salt and pepper. Serve with additional Parmesan.