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Rigatoni Chard Toss Recipe
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Rigatoni Chard Toss Recipe

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I had to get my firefighter husband to eat more fruits and veggies to lower his cholesterol and triglycerides. Fresh chard and tomatoes add a lot of fiber and vitamins to our diets, but we love this recipe for the flavor. While he would never admit to eating "health food" around the firehouse, this dish is one of many that made his trips to the doctor much more pleasant! —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:11 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 11 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup pasta mixture equals 159 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add Swiss chard and onion; cook and stir 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt, pepper flakes, fennel and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes longer or until chard is tender.
  3. Drain rigatoni, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water. Add rigatoni, pasta water and basil to skillet; toss to combine. Serve with cheese. Yield: 11 servings.
Originally published as Rigatoni Chard Toss in Healthy Cooking April/May 2011, p41

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup pasta mixture equals 159 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

Very good. Made 6 main dish servings. Served with sourdough bread and fruit.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

This was a very tasty recipe. Great way to use chard or any greens. Lots of good veggies in here, too. Thanks!

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Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

Does this really make 11 servings??? I have three teenage sons .....

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Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

This is a great way to use extra chard from the garden! My carnivore husband didn't even miss the meat. I used garbanzo beans instead of the cannellini beans because that's what we had on hand.

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Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

This recipe is excellent! I have made it several times. I leave out the fennel seeds (because I don't have any).

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