Whole-Wheat Pasta Shells with Spicy Tomato Pesto and Winter Greens

Beatriz Dacosta
Whole-wheat pastas have a firmer, chewier texture than white-flour pastas, and a robust flavor that stands up well to strong-flavored olive oil-based sauces or pestos.


Serves 5 (serving size: 2 cups)

Nutritional Information

Calories 355
Caloriesfromfat 30 %
Fat 12.4 g
Satfat 2.6 g
Monofat 7.1 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 14.3 g
Carbohydrate 51.9 g
Fiber 6.6 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Iron 2.9 mg
Sodium 608 mg
Calcium 147 mg


1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups trimmed Swiss chard, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups hot cooked (about 4 cups uncooked) whole-wheat pasta shells
4 teaspoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese


To prepare pesto, combine boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain tomatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup liquid.

Drop tomatoes, almonds, cheese, basil, and garlic through food chute with food processor on; process until minced. Keeping processor on, add salt and red pepper. Slowly pour 1 1/2 tablespoons oil through food chute; process until well-blended, scraping sides. Add reserved soaking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture appears smooth. Set aside.

To prepare greens, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add Swiss chard; stir-fry 1 minute or until leaves turn bright green. Add water, salt, and pepper; cover and cook 2 minutes.

Combine pesto and hot cooked pasta in a large bowl; toss well. Add greens mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with Parmesan.