Kale may be in the spotlight, but chard is a wonderful green you shouldn’t ignore. Try it in this simple yet flavorful Pasta with Garlicky Chard.
When I start getting chard in my CSA box, I wondered what to do with it. So I started experimenting and found my favorite way to eat it is with pasta.
Chard comes in various colors, even rainbow, with stems that are pink, red, yellow, and orange. I prefer to remove the tough stems and ribs, but if you don’t want to waste them, just cook them first before adding the leaves since they take a little longer. Chard reduces substantially in size when cooked, just like spinach and kale.
What do I like the most about this Pasta with Garlicky Chard?
- It’s pasta, which is comforting and delicious. It’s also affordable and a staple in my pantry. And probably yours, too.
- This recipe only takes a few minutes to make. Dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes.
- If you want, you can prepare the greens in the same pot you used to cook the pasta. Fewer dishes to clean is always a plus for me!
- You only need a few ingredients: pasta, olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, chard, and salt.
- The leftovers taste great reheated the next day.
Pasta with Garlicky Chard
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
Add chard and a pinch of salt and saute until chard is tender and reduced in size.
Combine the chard with the cooked pasta, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Taste and add more salt if desired.
You can save dishes by cooking the chard in the same pot you used to prepare the pasta.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy chard? Please let me know in the comments!
Looking for more pasta recipes? You may also enjoy Creamy Asparagus Pasta.
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