Confession time… I have NEVER eaten Chard. Ever. I’ve seen it and always thought the colors where amazing but what in the WORLD do you do with it? I mean it’s a big leaf for heavens sake!
I knew joining a CSA would be a good way to get me over the hump with some of the more intimidating veggies and in the first week it already is!
I made a huge salad with greens I would have never bought, tried kohlrabi for the first time and now I am cooking with rainbow chard. Scratch that… WE are cooking with chard. That’s right “WE!” Last night’s dinner was a collaboration between Little Guy and I. We were home alone for dinner and decided to play. :)
The result was a healthy vegetarian pasta dish that both him and I LOVED! Let me show you how we made it… And I do mean SHOW you.. I went picture happy again. ;)
- 6 oz of cooked whole wheat pasta (we used bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Chiocciole)
- 2 tsp olive oil (10g)
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 lb Rainbow Swiss Chard washed
- 15oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1-2 pinches of salt
- 1/2 tsp drid basil (plus more to taste) and/or fresh basil leaves
- 1 15oz can of great northern beans drained and rinsed
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
Put on a pot of boiling water and cook the pasta according to the package.
Wash the chard. It’s so pretty, isn’t it?
Chop it up a bit and seperate the steps from the leaves. We are going to cook them at different times since the stalks will take longer.
Heat the 2 tsp of oil in the pan over medium high heat. And yes that is 2 tsp, can you see it? Coats the pan nicely without drowning everything in oil.
Add the onion and the garlic. I love having a helper!
Add the chard stalks.
The pan may start to get dry as the onion and garlic cook. That’s ok. Add the can of diced tomaotes.
I plucked some baby basil leaves from my garden if don’t have any, no worries we’ll be adding dried in a bit. :) Add a pinch of salt
Add the leaves of the chard and…
…stir until they start to wilt. (I had SUCH a great helper!)
Add the beans.
At this point we tasted it and thought it needed some more basil. We added 1/2 tsp and another pinch of salt.
Add the cooked and drained pasta and…
… again stir to coat.
It should look like this…
As soon as all ingredients are well mixed, serve! We liked it with a little Parmesan cheese. Honestly, I was shocked at how good it was AND that Little guy ate a whole serving! Don’t tell the husband, but dude… we eat MUCH better without him. ;)
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|4||about 1.5 cups|
|300||3g||10g||old: 6||new: 7|