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    Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese

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    Canadian_in_the_Bay's Note:

    My husband and I enjoyed this dish for dinner on New Year's eve. It was a nice break from all the rich and unhealthy foods we had been eating throughout the holidays. This recipe came from Giada's Family Dinners.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place the pine nuts on a heavy baking sheet or in a pie tin. Toast nuts in the oven, stirring occasionally to ensure they brown evenly for about 10 minutes or until they are brown. Set the nuts aside.
    2. 2
      Heat the oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the chard and saute until it wilts, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, the wine, and the red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down and the chard is very tender, about 5 minutes. Season the chard mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. 3
      While performing step 2, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook, stirring often to prevent the pasta from sticking together, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain. Add the spaghetti to the chard mixture and toss to combine.
    4. 4
      Transfer the pasta to bowls; sprinkle with pine nuts, olives, and cheese on top and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 09, 2009


      Fantastic! I made this the other night for dinner, and couldn't believe how quickly it disappeared. I skipped the pine nuts, and increased the cheese just a little bit, both of which I thought were minor changes. Even my 4-yr old ate it! Thanks, Canadian!

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    • on September 10, 2009


      Yummm I just finished making/eating this dish. I also thought I'd add sliced orange bell pepper since I had some in the fridge... and I didn't have canned diced tomatoes so I diced 3 medium sized tomatoes. Used red instead of white wine cuz thats what was on hand. And also added chili paste since i wasn't using canned tomatoes... added a nice spicy kick as well as using more chili flakes then called for... Deliciously spicy!

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    • on August 05, 2009


      Just great! i used whole wheat penne, because that is what I had, and i guess i drunk all my wite wine (oops!), so substituted some rice vinegar (2 tbsp.). I couldn't bring myself to open a 28 oz. can of tomatoes (who uses 14 1/2 ounce cans anyway?), so I used fresh grape tomatoes and had to guess at how much. I used parmesan cheese and some grated mozzarella. Delicious! This would also be good with goat's cheese or feta. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Swiss Chard and Pecorino Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (440 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 369.2
    Calories from Fat 77
    Total Fat 8.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 712.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 64.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
    Sugars 8.6 g
    Protein 13.9 g

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    pecorino cheese

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