Thursday, July 19, 2012

Swiss Chard & Onion Pasta

Swiss chard & Onion Pasta

This post is as much about the perfect afternoon, as it is about a delicious meal.  The pasta was easy to prepare ahead of time making it just right for a summer picnic.  Feta lends creaminess, caramelized onions a dose of sweetness, and swiss chard nutrient-rich goodness. I've added it to my go-to pasta list and hope you do too.

If only I could do the same with the afternoon, re-creating it whenever I pleased! Great friends in town, two new babies meeting for the first time and a sunshine-filled picnic. Here are my two guys, incognito, enjoying it.

Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Pasta

  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped white onions
  • 8 cups packed chopped swiss chard
  • 1 lb whole wheat penne or fusilli
  • 1/2 lb crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Water for pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Start pasta water, and when boiling begin cooking it
  • Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes, til they start to caramelize
  • Add chopped greens to the pan, de-glaze with the balsamic vinegar and cook another 10-15 minutes
  • Just as the pasta is finishing, add feta to the greens mixture (reduce heat to low) and mix to melt
  • Add the pasta to the greens pan, mixing thoroughly with heat for a minute or two
  • Salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot or at room temperature 

About Swiss Chard
Swiss ChardSwiss Chard, also known as silverbeet, Roman kale or strawberry spinach, is a nutritional powerhouse. Popular in the Mediterranean, the stems are varied in color and can be grilled on their own for a crunchy treat. 

    1 comment:

    1. Locke- just made this for lunch- YUM!!! Thank you- delish.


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