Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bacon and Swiss Chard Pasta

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I have been cooking, but I haven't had much time for blogging recently.  Just can't seem to get the balance, of social networking and realtime living.

In an effort to eat more greens and nutritious beans, I searched for a variety of recipes which combine both. This Bacon and Swiss Chard Pasta recipe exceeded my expectations on many levels, number one being taste.  It's delicious, even for someone who tires easily of greens.

Bacon and Swiss Chard Pasta
1 pound linguini
12 slices bacon cut crosswise
1 large red onion halved and sliced thin
2 large bunches Swiss Chard, stemmed and chopped
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons extra virgin  olive oil
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Boil water on a large pot to cook pasta.  Season water with salt.  When water is to a full boil, 
Cook the pasta until al dente.

In the meantime,

Cook Bacon in a large heavy skillet until crisp.  Transfer to a paper towel to drain.  Set aside.
Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.  Add onion and saute until softened. 

Add Swiss Chard.  Season with salt and pepper. Add a few ladles of pasta cooking water to the 
swiss chard mixture.  Cook until chard is wilted and tender.  Sprinkle with vinegar, cook another minute.

Add linguini and oil to the skillet.  Toss to coat.
Transfer to serving dishes.  Sprinkle with bacon and cheese.  Serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

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