Swiss Chard and Sausage with Polenta

Swiss Chard and Sausage with Polenta
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Swiss Chard and Sausage with Polenta

Anne Dolce

Swiss Chard and Sausage with Polenta

Swiss chard and sausage — it rolls off your tongue just as easy as it slides off the fork. This recipe is simple in nature but the sauce is made with deliberate steps (browning, deglazing with red wine, aromatics) to have a bold depth in flavor. It's the perfect bath for the Swiss chard and sausage to soak in, and the cheesy polenta is just the icing on the cake.

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In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Score the sausages a few times and add them to the skillet; cook until nicely brown and cooked through, about 8 minutes, turning throughout. Remove the sausages from the skillet and let cool on a cutting board.

Add the onions and garlic to the sausage drippings in the skillet and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until the onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the red wine and stir, scraping up brown bits from the sausage as you stir. Increase the heat to high and reduce for 2 minutes, then add the Swiss chard. Toss the Swiss chard with the onions to let them wilt a little, then add the soy sauce and 2 cups of the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and let the Swiss chard simmer until cooked through, for about 5 minutes. Slice the sausages and add to the pot with the Swiss chard; reserve until ready to serve. 

Meanwhile, bring the last of the chicken stock, water, and a heavy pinch of salt to a boil in a pot. Slowly add the polenta, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the polenta so that all of the liquid is absorbed. If the polenta gets too thick, thin it out with a little water. Add the cheese, cream, and butter; season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the Swiss chard and sausages. 


Calories per serving:

581 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 36g 56%
  • Carbs 37g 12%
  • Saturated 18g 88%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 7g
  • Monounsaturated 14g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 27g 55%
  • Cholesterol 108mg 36%
  • Sodium 1,564mg 65%
  • Calcium 300mg 30%
  • Magnesium 109mg 27%
  • Potassium 802mg 23%
  • Iron 3mg 18%
  • Zinc 3mg 19%
  • Phosphorus 354mg 51%
  • Vitamin A 466µg 52%
  • Vitamin C 26mg 44%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 20%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 5mg 24%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 41µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 633µg 792%
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