Sautéed Swiss Chard with Pancetta

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Pancetta Recipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Inspired by a dish from the Kitchen restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, this quick recipe incorporates pancetta--which, like other cured meats, is a classic partner for chard. Fresh chiles add a spicy bite.


Serves 8

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Recipe Time

Total Time: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 102
Caloriesfromfat 76 %
Protein 3.2 g
Fat 8.7 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Carbohydrate 5.2 g
Fiber 1.9 g
Sodium 320 mg
Cholesterol 4 mg


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped pancetta
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 fresh red chiles such as Fresno or jalapeño, finely chopped
2 pounds Swiss chard, leaves whole, stems and ribs removed and chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook pancetta, stirring, until crispy, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, chiles, and chard stems and ribs and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add chard leaves and pepper, cover pot, and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

October 2009
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