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Winter Swiss Chard & A Single gals Pasta

Savory, Winter | February 6, 2016 | By

So the sun finally came out over the weekend and even though it was not warm I was getting outside. Besides the usual stacking wood…stacking wood…and stacking wood. We worked on the fruit trees and I ventured into the vegetable garden.  I must admit I have not paid the garden much attention this winter.  I usually plant some greens in fall and then quickly lose interest.

I did not expect to find much, but to my surprise there was a bounty of Swiss chard!  Rainbow chard actually it was just beautiful.  I was going to have to plan a dish and it was perfect timing for my favorite Single gal Pasta.

Garden Chard

I have to admit that in my house Swiss chard is a bit of a hard sell as far as the greens go.  I’ve tried it in; sauces, an amazing quiche, eggs and other dishes-but they always seem to notice it.  I however love it and this week with the house to myself-that is all that matters.

This dish is full of my guys not so loved ingredients; onions, goat cheese and of course the chard.  Does anyone else out there sneak in their faves when they have the house to themselves?  Feels pretty right on to me!

Chard Pasta 1

I hope you give this simple pasta a try and I like it with a glass of red wine, alone and parked in front of a new episode of rehab addict.  Get out into the garden or pick up some winter greens and enjoy!

Chard Pasta

Single gals Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 red onion, thin sliced
  3. 1/2 box pasta, cooked according to package directions (suggest: capanella, rigatoni or bow tie)
  4. 1 bunch Swiss Chard (trim large pieces of stem and chop leaves)
  5. 1/4 cup Chicken broth
  6. 6 tablespoons goat cheese
  7. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add red onion slices, salt and pepper and sauté for 1 minute on medium and turn heat to low. Continue to sauté until soft and cooked through. Turn heat to medium and add chopped Swiss chard, broth and pepper. Sauté until wilted 3-5 minutes. Add in cooked and drained pasta. Toss to coat and add in goat cheese a teaspoon hunk at a time. Stir in cheese to coat the noodles.
Notes
  1. The goat cheese and caramelized onion combination with the Swiss chard really is amazing. The goat cheese acts likes a sauce and coats every noodle. Use a noodle that you love that is hearty and will catch all the good bits.
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