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
- ½ lb Rainbow Swiss Chard washed
- 15oz can of diced tomatoes
- 1-2 pinches of salt
- ½ 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 ½ 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|