Penne, sausage, chard, and artichole heart dinner

Whole Wheat Penne, Sausage, Chard, and Artichoke Hearts

by Megan on April 11, 2011

I have a few thank yous to mention!

I want to give a big thanks this week to Lyndsey from The Tiny Skillet. It was her turn to pick the dish for Martha Monday and she chose a nice healthy dinner.


You can’t go wrong with sausage, pasta, and artichoke hearts in my book. And when the whole family LOVES it, you know it will be repeated.

This is not a very saucy dish, but you’ll find it delicious.  For the sauce, you add a little tomato paste to some pasta water. It keeps it light and not so weighted down like some sauces can do. I also used a turkey sausage, because it was easier to find then chicken. Then it’s pumped up with artichoke hearts and chard. The recipe said to use frozen artichokes, I used artichokes in a jar. And can you believe that this was the first time I had ever bought or used chard? It wont be the last. I liked the flavor, the ease, and I felt so healthy fixing and serving it.

Healthy dinner

If your looking for a recipe that is new and healthy, look no further.

You just found dinner! :)

But since were saving all those calories being good and healthy, how about a little sinful delight?

Well, recently I won a contest from Gingerbread Bagels. I got to pick  an item off of her treat list, and she sent me my choice. How cool is that?

The treat I picked was…

Baci Blondies with Nutella Buttercream

Boci Blondies and Nutella Buttercream!

These were so dang good. The kid and I couldn’t wait to dig into these sweet morsels of love. If I gave my daughter anything, it was the appreciation of anything Nutella. I heard such high praises for these bars from everyone. Well, everyone being the hubby and the kid because I wasn’t sharing with anyone else. (Sorry Taste testers)

Baci Blondie

“A Blondie is a brownie without the chocolate”, I had to explain to the kid. But this blondie has a hazelnut filled chocolate bar in it and on it.


They were chewy, rich, and oh so delicious.

Nutella Buttercream

And then to top it off, Lindsey adds the smoothest, the best, whipped Nutella Buttercream.

Oh heavens to Betsy, these are awesome!

If you want a great treat,  this is for you. I’m telling you, get the recipe from Lindsey, and get into the kitchen.

But make the pasta  first. I dont want you to ruin your appetite before dinner.

Thank you Lyndsey for a great dinner pick, and thank you Lindsey for the perfect Blondies.

We enjoyed both very much!


Penne, Sausage, Chard, and Artichoke Hearts

A healthy dinner



By Martha Stewart

  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound chicken sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (about 1 pound) cleaned, stems and leaves separated and chopped
  • 1 (9-ounce) box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan (about 2 ounces), plus more for serving
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil for pasta. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking sausage into pieces, until cooked through and lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add remaining oil, chard stems, artichoke hearts, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until chard stems soften slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add chard leaves and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water; cook until 2 minutes short of al dente. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and drain pasta; return to pot.
  4. Pour half of reserved pasta water into a small bowl. Add tomato paste and whisk to combine. Add tomato paste mixture, sausage mixture, Parmesan, basil, and red pepper flakes to pasta in pot. Toss to combine, adding reserved pasta water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam April 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Wow, everything look delicious, I need to try it especially the blondies, I loved it :)
xoxo Have a great week!!

2 norma April 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

I am sitting at my desk having a lousy tuna sandwich and you come up with this….and a treat to boot….

3 Barbara Bakes April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Looks like a perfect ending to a perfect meal. I have to admit to never having bought chard before.

4 Marthaandme April 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I thought the pasta was good too. I like chard a lot, especially when I can get it in a bunch of different colors.

5 Lyndsey April 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I’m happy that you liked it too. I know we all enjoyed it, and I even had some for lunch today and it was just as good! It was satisfying, and I wanted to keep eating it. I think it’s easy to change it up a little too. My post if finally up!
Could you send me some of these bars? Yum! My daughter loves nutella too! :D

6 5 Star Foodie April 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm

A lovely pasta and that blondie with a hazelnut chocolate bar sounds just wonderful!

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8 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food April 12, 2011 at 4:09 am

If my husband saw this pasta recipe, he would get down on his knees and beg me to make it. Boy will he be happy when I surprise him with it, using the last of our garden’s seasonal chard. Yum!

9 Delishhh April 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

Oh this looks wonderful!!! My type of dinner and that dessert YUM!!!!

10 kat April 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

We make something very similar with broccoli & its a favorite in our house. I bet the artichokes are a great addition!

11 Maris (In Good Taste) April 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

This all looks so wonderful. You have made me very hungry:)

12 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels April 13, 2011 at 6:12 am

Aww I’m so glad you loved them! And thank you for including them in your post, this made my day.
The pasta looks incredible! I wish I could of had dinner at your house. :)

13 crustabakes April 14, 2011 at 6:37 am

Those blondies are definitely definitely worth the calories saved during dinner. But then again, those were easy calories to save, because i bet the penne didnt compromise taste for calories!

14 Heather Davis May 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

Pasta dish looks amazing! What a great combo of different ingredients.

15 Angie @ Bigbearswife September 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm

LOVE pasta with Artichoke Hearts

16 S. Hunt November 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Red chard is delicious boiled with small red and yellow Yukon gold potatoes. You can add a small pc. of salt pork, some fresh ground black pepper, some fresh cloves of garlic and simmer away while meat is cooking.

You can add a small pat of butter on top of each serving, and try a small dab of balsamic vinegar. I don’t know why, but the vinegar just brings everything together.

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