Swiss Chard Pesto Pasta

Swiss Chard Pesto PastaRecipe
Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Using fresh chard leaves in place of the usual basil is a great way to enjoy the classic sauce year-round. You could also try spooning the pesto over squares of pan-browned polenta instead of pasta.


Serves 4
Total time: 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 416
Caloriesfromfat 56 %
Protein 12 g
Fat 26 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fiber 5.6 g
Sodium 503 mg
Cholesterol 5 mg


2 large garlic cloves
2 cups packed chopped Swiss chard leaves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus parmesan shaved with a vegetable peeler
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions


Pulse garlic in a food processor to chop. Add chard, walnuts, grated parmesan, and parsley; whirl until finely chopped. Scrape down inside of bowl. Add oil, salt, and pepper and process just until smooth. Serve with pasta and shaved parmesan.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.