“Battle Cranberry” Sausage Spaghetti

Back in 2006 (I believe), the Food Network used Iron Chef to pit Giada DeLaurentis and Bobby Flay against Rachael Ray and Mario Batali. Since the episode aired many times, I can assume many viewers watched. Well, last night I checked Food Network and, lo’ and behold, it’s back for another run.

Foodies know that Food Network’s site is a treasure trove of recipes for recipes shown on the air; however, Iron Chef’s creations are not there. We were so intrigued with Rachael’s Cranberry-Sausage Spaghetti, we watched the episode several times to take notes with hopes of creating a similar version. Let me simply say this is one delish dish!

In the spirit of holiday giving, A Frank Angle provides our home’s version of this unique combination of two unlikely partners.

If you eat like us, this recipe is for two-three bountiful servings. Otherwise, four small servings are possible.

1 link sweet Italian sausage (casing removed)
1 link hot Italian sausage (casing removed)
2 cloves garlic (chopped or sliced)
1 onion (chopped)
1 bunch Swiss chard (strip from stalk, then chop leaves)
1/2 c dried cranberries
16-24 oz unsweetened cranberry juice (won’t use all)
1 tbsp butter
Feta cheese
(Optional) Parsley – chopped, enough to sprinkle on serving

Note: Organic unsweetened cranberry use is too tart, thus recommend using a “regular” unsweetened (which is sweetened by another juice instead of a sugar/sweetener).

* Time cooking the spaghetti with the end of the sauce preparation.

  1. In a large frying pan, brown the sausage, onions, & garlic. Break the sausage apart while cooking (8-10 minutes).
  2. Add the cranberries.
  3. Add enough cranberry juice (about 2 cups) to simmer. (Total simmering time 15 min.)
  4. Bring to boil and reduce. (A good time to prep the chard)
  5. Continue adding juice as fluid reduces. (Start the water for the spaghetti).
  6. Add the chard to the mixture.
  7. Sprinkle mixture with nutmeg.
  8. Salt to taste.
  9. Continue simmering (10-12 min.) and add juice when necessary.
  10. Add butter to the mixture near the end of the cooking. Stir to melt.
  11. Add cooked spaghetti into the pan. Stir to coat.
  12. Plate, then top with feta cheese & parsley.

For the holiday season, this Iron Chef episode is reaired on Thursday, December 18 at 9:00 pm.

29 thoughts on ““Battle Cranberry” Sausage Spaghetti

  1. OMG that sounds YYYYYUUUUUMMMMMMYYYYYY, i’m going to use that. actually i could make that new years eve, we have a big feast every year @ my house!!

    YUMMMMMYYYY thank u!!


  2. Actually watched the episode last night and I went online today trying to find this recipe and the ravioli one. Thanks for this! Actually they called this Druken spaghetti, as they cooked the spaghetti in red wine! I have a cheap bottle, so I might give that a try as well…


  3. Lisa,
    Seeing the show last night was the catalyst for getting the recipe out there.

    By the way, notice that this recipe doesn’t use any red wine – thus reducing cranberry juice to enhance that fruity flavor.

    However, while watching the show, we were wondering the effect of using wine too in the mix. But I can say that red wine goes with the end product!


    • Michelle,
      Not a stupid question at all b/c as the shopper in our household, I know what’s it’s like to hunt for something that you don’t know what it looks like.

      Swiss chard goes by a variety of names, so check local listings. It’s very leafy, with leaves on a stalk resembling red celery or even rhubarb. We also use it for some soups.

      Here’s a Wikipedia link that has a picture and a list of other names for it.


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  5. Ok folks, i made this new years eve: now bear in mind, my whole Familia is Italian. It was amazing….the combo of the hot sausage & the sweetness of the cranberries, both dried & juice is just awesome!! BTW it’s super easy to prepare!!

    TRY it if you haven’t made it already…..:)


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  7. haha! yes! yes! yes! thanks for this one.

    i haven’t tried this recipe yet. seems to be unique with the cranberries. but is interesting enough for me to try. yum yum!!!

    now, i am so hungry. might need to go to the kitchen and fix some food for my tummy! hihi.


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    • Alina,
      Welcome first-time commenter. Sorry to say, I don’t know the dessert recipe. The cranberry-sausage spaghetti caught our eye, so we recorded it and watched it several times to get as many notes as possible – but we didn’t do the same for the other recipes. I hope you try this one. Thanks for visiting.


    • Paradise,
      I haven’t made it in a while, and I’m due to tackle it again. Meanwhile, how we determined the recipe was the real story here. Let me know when you try it.


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  10. I’m visiting from the Widow Badass because I saw your comment about cranberry sausage spaghetti and couldn’t resist. I like exploring unusual combinations. They often provide complex flavours well beyond the original ingredients. This one sounds like it might be worth a try!

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    • Joanne,
      Welcome to my old blog that I no longer published. So happy you are willing to give this recipe a try. It is unique – and for me – the story of how I got the recipe is a treat. We have cooked it multiple times, so give it a go – and I hope you let me know your thoughts. Clicking my name will direct you to my new blog home.

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