A simple dinner that introduces new veggies to kids with a dish that they already love! Garlic Pasta with Swiss Chard is a simple weeknight dinner full of color and nutrition.
Swiss chard is a nutrition powerhouse. It is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C as well as important minerals. The thick stalk part of Swiss chard can have a mildly bitter taste. In this recipe we use the tender parts of the leaves which have a very mild taste similar to spinach. When you combine the Swiss chard in this recipe with the garlic and cheese, it really just takes on those flavors. This dinner is a great way to introduce Swiss chard to your kids if they aren’t really used to eating it yet.
A Powerhouse Dinner: Garlic Pasta with Swiss Chard
This dinner doesn’t have a lot of strong sauces or flavors which makes it a perfect meal for kids. But it does have ingredients that are packed with nutrition, so if your kids only eat a few bites of dinner, you can know they still got a lot of important nutrients!
The ingredients we love in this dinner:
This dinner comes together really quickly! There isn’t a lot of chopping or stirring. Basically, just dump, pour, dump, stir :). Pasta is typically a staple dish that most parents know their kids will at least try. The add-ins of this dinner are chopped small enough that even if they are leery of eating it at first, they can just have a couple small bites and then at least eat some of the pasta.
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Garlic Pasta with Swiss Chard
- 8 ounce Spaghetti
- 4 cup Chard, swiss, raw
- 2 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes, canned
- 15 ounce white beans, canned
- 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh
- 1/8 cup chopped basil, fresh
- 1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup liquid, and set aside.
- While pasta is cooking chop swish chard, separating stems from leaves; mince garlic; drain and rinse beans. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in the same pot you cooked the pasta.
- Add chopped stems and salt to hot oil; sauté for 5-7 minutes until they start to soften.
- Add in roughly chopped leaves and reserved cooking liquid. Cover and cook 2-3 minutes until they begin to wilt.
- Stir in garlic, drained tomatoes, and beans. Cook approximately 5 minutes until warmed through. Add pasta and toss together.
- Serve topped with parsley, basil, and grated Parmesan to taste.
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