Thursday, January 17, 2013


We have been watching a lot of TV recently. We discovered, three seasons after the rest of the world, the delights of a whodunnit show called "Castle." We are catching up on all of their back episodes and getting a big kick out of the ensemble cast. We can't decide which of the five main characters we like the most.

As a result of our new obsession, sometimes dinner is late and gets short shrift. I throw something together in a hurry, impatient to get back to Becket and Castle.  

A couple of nights ago, however, despite my hurried state, I stumbled onto a combination so good that I felt I had to let you know about it. The rich sausage is perfectly complemented by the slightly bitter greens and the garlic acts to meld the unlikely ingredients. The tomato will make a nice little sauce in minutes and add color to the plate as a bonus. Best of all, it only took about the time to boil the pasta and we got right back to watching the next episode.

I have an idea that, like "Castle," the rest of the world may know about this combination already but, just in case, here's the recipe.


1/2 package angel hair pasta
2 6" spicy Italian sausages
1 ripe tomato (if you are lucky enough to find one), roughly chopped
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems trimmed and roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced

In a wide frying pan, brown little meatballs of the sausage by squeezing dollops out into a hot pan slicked with a little olive oil. Lower the heat and add the minced garlic, tossing it in the oils in the pan for a few moments to soften. Add the chopped tomato and the Swiss chard rags, with the water clinging to the leaves from washing, tossing all together to meld the flavors. Cover with a lid and steam until the chard has wilted. Lift the lid and add the pasta water if the sauce seems too thick or not enough to cover the pasta. 

Boil a big pot of salted water and add the angel hair pasta. Cook by package directions and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.  Add the pasta to the pan of other ingredients, and toss.


Blogger Greg said...

Eating good in the neighborhood! Snausages for people.

Thursday, January 17, 2013  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

I love Castle; I've been watching it from the beginning but I am enjoying rewatching it all over again. It's a delight to see a relationship between a man and a women portrayed in terms of mutual respect. Plus Castle's mother and daughter in the show are such fun. No wonder the show remains popular. And hooray for sausage, pasta and greens - protein, carbs and veg - a classic combination.

Thursday, January 17, 2013  
Blogger Hungry Dog said...

Sounds lovely.

I've never heard of Castle.

Friday, January 18, 2013  
Blogger katiez said...

We're in TV limbo at the moment - I'll have to look for that. We need something new!
Love the pasta! No chard this time of year, though...

Friday, January 18, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, I think the best meals I have made all last year included spicy Italian sausage.

Nancy, glad you are a Castle fan, too. We also love Javi (Esposito), Laney (the ME). Good, light entertainment.

Hungry Dog, Monday nights for the new season on one of the usual broadcast channels and reruns on Fox channel.

Katiez, I think you could use any bitter green - kale, for example, which is in all our markets at this time of year.

Saturday, January 19, 2013  

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