Swiss Chard with Garlicky Tomatoes

| Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Swiss Chard (2)
Serves 6-8

Swiss chard is a true cancer fighting food and is considered one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. Among other benefits, it is very high in vitamins K, A, and C, magnesium, potassium and iron. Add this to your nutritional arsenal!

Ingredients

  1. 6 cloves garlic, chopped and allowed to sit for 10 minutes before cooking.
  2. 2 bunches of fresh swiss chard stemmed and leaves sliced thinly.  Dice stems.
  3. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 1 small onion, chopped
  5. 1 stalk celery, chopped
  6. 1 carrot, chopped ( I love how this sweetness balances the earthy flavor of the chard)
  7. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  8. 1 cup of dry white wine (don’t leave this out!)
  9. 8 cups of diced ripe tomatoes OR 2 (32-ounce) cans (I used roma)
  10. 2 dried bay leaves
  11. 6 basil leaves
  12. Sprigs of fresh thyme
  13. 16 oz. linguine or spaghetti style gluten free or regular pasta (try Bionaturae)
  14. Vegan parmesan cheese to sprinkle over each serving optional

Directions

  1. Start a large pot of boiling water to blanch greens
  2. Meanwhile in a separate large pot sauté onion and chard stems in oil med/high heat for 2 minutes then add garlic, celery and carrots, stirring often.
  3. Add salt and pepper and sauté all for about 5 more minutes.
  4. Add wine and reduce by half. This adds so much flavor
  5. Add tomatoes, bay and herbs and gently simmer on low for 45 minutes not covered. Stir often.
  6. Remove bay and thyme sprigs.
  7. Blanch chard leaves for one minute and carefully lift out of hot water into tomato mixture reserving water for pasta cooking.
  8. Simmer tomato mixture and chard leaves for 15 minutes.
  9. Start cooking pasta per package directions
  10. Once cooked, drain pasta then serve with the tomato chard mixture spooned over. 
  11. Parmesan sprinkled on top (omit for vegan)