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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.

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Credit: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Kevin Crafts

Recipe Summary

15 mins
Serves 4


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

416 calories; calories from fat 56%; protein 12g; fat 26g; saturated fat 3.8g; carbohydrates 36g; fiber 5.6g; sodium 503mg; cholesterol 5mg.