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Rigatoni Chard Toss Recipe

Rigatoni Chard Toss Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

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.