Spicy Mediterranean pasta with chard
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Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
Serves: 2 People
  • 200g (7 ounces) Whole-wheat organic penne pasta
  • 10 Swiss chard leaves, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 3 Garlic cloves, pealed and finely sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon sea salt (or salt to taste)
  • A pinch of dried red chilly flakes
  1. Have the chard leaves well washed and the rest of ingredients prepared as indicated in the ingredients description.
  2. Boil water in a large saucepan and add half-tablespoon sea salt. When the water is boiling, add the whole-wheat organic penne pasta and stir. Follow the cooking instructions on the package. Stir the pasta from time to time and when the cooking time indicated in the package is over, remove from the heat and drain.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, in a large frying pan heat one tablespoon of EVOO over moderate heat, add the garlic and sauté for one minute until lightly golden. Remove the garlic from the frying pan and leave aside. Add the chopped chard leaves to the frying pan, the dried red chilly flakes (depending on how spicy you like it!) and an extra tablespoon of EVOO and sauté for about 5 minutes over low heat, stirring from time to time. Add then the freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt to taste, sauté and continue stirring for 2 more minutes.
  4. Finally add to the sautéed chard leaves the drained pasta, the sautéed garlic and 1 tablespoon of EVOO and stir all together over moderate heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat, and serve hot.
If the chard leaf stalks are large, you could cut them out, only use the green leaves for this recipe and use the leaf stalks to prepare my Vegetarian chard fillets recipe.

You could add some shavings of Parmesan cheese or your favourite vegan cheese alternative as a topping for this pasta dish.
Recipe by Tasty Mediterraneo at https://www.tastymediterraneo.com/spicy-mediterranean-pasta-with-chard/