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Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard

by Jeanette on June 3, 2011 · 21 Comments
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Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is one of my favorite leafy green vegetables that I buy at our local farmer’s market. I especially like rainbow swiss chard, with its deep red and yellow hues.

Usually, I simply saute swiss chard and eat it straight; but, today, I decided to toss the sauteed swiss chard with some pasta for a one dish meal. So simple, yet so good. In fact, I made this Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard for lunch today, and then made a gluten/dairy-free (vegan) version for dinner using Asian Greens that I bought from the farmer’s market.

I joined a CSA this summer and can’t wait to see what fresh produce I get – it starts next week! Although I have heard stories of people getting box after box of the same vegetables, I’m hoping that my box will hold a variety of vegetables to expand my horizons.

Each week, I hope to share some recipes that use the bounty of my CSA harvest share as well as any fresh produce I pick up from the local farmer’s market.

I am submitting this recipe to Cybele Pascal’s Allergy Friendly Friday Roundup, and to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted by Simona of Briciole.

Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard

You can use any fresh greens that you find at the farmer’s market. For a gluten/dairy free (and vegan) version of this dish, simply use gluten-free pasta and substitute nutritional yeast for the Parmesan cheese.
A gluten/dairy-free (vegan) version – Gluten-Free Pasta with Sauteed Asian Greens

Printable Recipe


  • 1 bunch swiss chard or other leafy green vegetable
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 pound whole grain pasta or gluten-free pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (dairy-free/vegan option)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Trim tough ends of swiss chard. Slice stems and leaves into thin strips.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan and add sliced swiss chard stems and shallots.
  3. Saute until shallots are softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and capers, and saute another minute. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Toss cooked pasta with sauteed swiss chard and a little extra virgin olive oil to loosen up the pasta.
  6. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper as desired.
This recipe has been submitted to “Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France CheeseRösleEmile HenryRouxbe and ManPans.”

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  1. Jeanette, I could just dive into this bowl of pasta! Love Swiss chard too.

  2. Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says:

    Please keep these wonderful recipes coming – they are an inspiration to eating a healthy diet

  3. oh my goodness. i looked at that second picture of the vegan version and my mouth started salivating…. i'm craving this pasta now!

  4. Jeanette my Mom makes something similar to yours, so delicious! And your pics are amazing.

  5. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says:

    I've never had swiss chard before but this pasta dish looks soooo good! I'll have to try it out. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  6. Jeanette says:

    I'm glad everyone is liking this pasta dish – it is so easy to make and a great way to get an extra serving of vegetables into a meal. My kids loved it!

  7. susie bee on maui says:

    Chard is one of the leafy greens i like alot. Love the simplicty of this meal. Looking forward to see what your csa box brings!

  8. Love this dish! Great photos too!

  9. scarletti says:

    I can't wait to try this. And by the way, my friend does a CSA and gets lots of different veggies! Enjoy!

  10. Jeanette says:

    I can't wait to see what's in my first CSA box – hoping to get a variety of vegetables. Either way, I'm looking forward to cooking up some new recipes!

  11. So simple…so healthy…so delicious!

  12. Anonymous says:

    this looks great! im going to try this. but why would you rinse and drain the capers?

  13. Jeanette says:

    I rinse the capers to get rid of some of the salt. It's a matter of preference, but I tend to like less salt in my food.

  14. Kim-Cook It Allergy Free says:

    So beautiful and so so healthy! I wish I had a big bowl of that right now. I love using swiss chard in pastas! This looks perfect!

  15. SMITH BITES says:

    swiss chard is a favorite in our house – in fact, we grow it in our gardens every season; so easy to use, you can add it to just about anything! great photos!

  16. Jeanette says:

    I do like swiss chard – I buy it throughout the summer from the farmer's market. Hopefully, I'll get some in my CSA box!

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    What a great easy dinner recipe. I'm going to pick up some Swiss Chard the next time I go grocery shopping!

  18. I just can't pass up a pasta dish! Love that you used swiss chard; healthy comfort food!

  19. Swiss chard is also a favorite of mine. It pairs well with various ingredients, like in your lovely pasta. Thanks for your contribution to PPN!

  20. Ruth Daniels says:

    All the ingredients are in my fridge or pantry! Thanks for sharing your stunning photos & delicious pasta with Presto Pasta Night. I can't wait to see what other wonderful dishes come out of your CSA. I do hope some will be made into pasta .

  21. Jeanette says:

    I love Swiss chard, it's mild in taste and quick-cooking. I'm hoping to get some in my CSA box soon as I've been picking it up from the farmer's market so far.

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