Sunday, January 30, 2011

Swiss Chard & Garlic Pasta

As often as possible I try to incorporate fresh vegetables.  My kids will eat pretty much anything as long as it TASTE GOOD!!!! Swiss Chard is a lovely green to use in pasta dishes because it holds its own.  I used a ton of Garlic which makes everything better!!! Cherry Tomatoes... what can I say... most people don't even like them in salads!!! I love Cherry Tomatoes in pasta dishes because they are so full of flavor and have a beautiful texture. Here is what you will need for this dish:
1 Box of Spaghetti, I used Thick
1 Onion, chopped
1 -2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, Blanched
4-5 Cups Swiss Chard, Rinsed and Chopped
5-6 Cloves of Garlic, use as much or as little as like
1 Tablespoon Basil
2 Teaspoon Oregano
5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
Pinch of Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cook your pasta according to instructions on the box.

Swiss Chard, chopped

Cherry Tomatoes

Whenever possible use fresh herbs!!! When I went Basil shopping I could not find any worth buying.  I always keep some sort of frozen herbs as back up and use dry as a last resort.

Boil tomatoes for 1 minute...

Have Ice Bath Ready

Throw your tomatoes in ...

Cut the Steam side off...

Peel the skin off ...

You will be left with just the flesh of the Tomato.  Sounds tedious but can be done fairly quickly.

Rough slice the garlic, I love it when I can not only taste the garlic but see it in my dishes.

Heat the Onion and cook on high for about 2 minutes.

Add the Garlic... cook for another 2 minutes... Be careful not to have the heat up too high, if you burn the garlic it will bitter your dish.

Add tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.

Add Herbs, Salt and Pepper.

Add Swiss Chard

Cook for about 1 minute

Add cooked pasta (follow directions on the box) Toss and serve right away!!!

This dish is beautiful and light... Has a robust flavor and pairs well with a good white wine!

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