But my other favorite way to cook them is with greens and orchiette pasta. Orchiette means “little ears”, and it’s so true! This pasta shape looks just like little ears, or dimples. The three basic ingredients are Italian sausages, the pasta, and greens of your choice. Tonight, I’m using red swiss chard. But I’ve made this dish with broccoli rabe, green chard, and spinach.
Push the mushrooms and onions to the side for a bit, and add in your sausage which you’ve cut into chunks.
Go back to your sausage pan and make sure everything is coming along well and browning nicely.
When your orchiette is almost done, just add your cleaned chard right into the same pot with it. I usually do this when I think there are 3-4 minutes to go. Remember that greens wilt down A LOT. Even if I'm cooking for only two, I use a very big bunch of greens. Besides, they're good for you.
…..and Buon Appetito! Dinner is ready! Grate some fresh parmesan over the top, pour a glass of wine, and you’re good to go. Tonight we had a Valpolicella Classico from le Bine.