I came across this brilliant weeknight wonder in my (daily!) perusing of web recipes.  The actual recipe wasn’t available at the time but I watched the video and if you have the ingredients, this literally takes 5 minutes to throw together.  Found on Food52, my only bit of advice is to use a fine-grained sausage, preferably one that you already know that you love…in our case, it’s Spolumbo’s chicken apple – enjoy!

Roasted Sausage, Chard and Cannellini Beans

1 large bunch Swiss chard, cleaned (ribs removed) and torn up (I used 350 g)

1 can (540 mL/19 oz) drained cannellini beans

1/2 c. + chopped onion (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400.  Toss all of this together in an appropriately sized casserole dish – then add the dressing (below) and toss again.

Dressing

3 T. olive oil

1 t. EACH smoked paprika AND Dijon

1 T. EACH lemon zest AND lemon juice

Shake the dressing ingredients together in a tightly sealed container and then dress your chard, beans and onion.

1 1/2 to 2 lbs. (16 oz +) your favorite chicken or pork sausage, casings removed.  (You could also use precooked sausage or any leftover protein, and then just cook your casserole for a shorter time until it’s completely heated through).

lots of freshly grated Parmesan

Squeeze the sausage out of it’s casings into bite-sized blobs and gently toss them in the casserole ‘salad’, then bake for about 30 minutes until the sausage is completely cooked.  Remove your creation from the oven, cover it all with freshly grated Parmesan and serve it up.  The girls enjoyed theirs with some thick-sliced fresh bread.

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