I’ve had some Swiss chard sitting in the fridge waiting for me to use it while my stomach has been recovering from being ill a week ago. Finally feeling the need for some nutrients other than white bread, eggs, bananas and applesauce, I wasn’t sure what to do with the chard so that it would be pretty easy on my system. I figured pasta would be a pretty easy accompaniment, even though I’ve been also eating a lot of noodles over the past week!
I did some quick searching on epicurious.com and saw a few ingredients repeatedly pop up with the chard entries—bacon, raisins, pine nuts. Not necessarily together in any of their listed recipes, but they sound good together to me. Thus, pasta, chard, turkey bacon, golden raisins and pine nuts!
Pasta with Chard, Turkey Bacon, Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
¼ c. pine nuts, toasted
½ large onion, sliced
4-5 slices turkey bacon, diced
1 bunch Swiss chard
1-11/2 c. chicken broth
¼ c. golden raisins
½ bag brown rice pasta
1/8-1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1) Toast pine nuts until brown, then set aside.
2) In large sauté pan, sauté onion slices in 1-2 tbsp. olive oil.
3) When onions are beginning to get translucent, add turkey bacon. Brown until near crisp.
4) Cut chard stems into ½-in. dice. Cut leafy part of chard into ribbons. Add stems to bacon and onion mixture when bacon is halfway done.
5) Start pasta water; when boiling add pasta and cook according to package directions.
6) When bacon is brown, add chard ribbons to mixture and let chard wilt.
7) Add chicken broth to veggie/bacon mixture, then raisins.
8) As pasta cooks, reserve approximately ¼ c. of pasta water.
9) When pasta is done, drain and then toss with veggie mixture.
10) Sprinkle parmesan cheese over veggies, bacon and pasta. Add pasta water and stir to mix. Pepper to taste. Toss with pine nuts.
You shouldn’t really need to add any salt to this, unless you add a pinch while the onions are cooking. Between the bacon, chicken broth and parmesan, there’s plenty of salt. The golden raisins set off the saltiness well here.
Sweet, smoky, salty goodness!
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