Makes 4 to 6 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender to bite, 7 to 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta-cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat oil in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic; stir until fragrant but not brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add chard; stir 3 to 4 minutes. Add 1 cup of reserved water; cook until chard stems are tenderto bite, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 3

Mix chard mixture into hot spaghetti with ricotta, pistachios, pecorino, lemon peel, lemon juice, remaining 1/2 cup reserved pasta-cooking water, and salt and pepper to taste.

Ratings & Reviews

John888's Review

March 08, 2012
Wow did I blow it here. I didn't notice the previous review and charged into this with gusto. I grabbed the old half container of Ricotta from the fridge and my wife went to the garden for some fresh chard. In fifteen minutes we were eating about the worst pasta dish I could have imagined. I found myself putting on more salt, Parmesan and even some lemon juice to perk it up...hopeless. BTW, this recipe came up on a search with "Kitchen Tested" as one of my criteria...huh?

SFFoodie's Review

April 07, 2010
Wow, this was awful. I was so excited to make this after getting some lovely chard from the farmers market. I followed the recipe exactly and it was so incredibly bland, except for the overwhelming lemon flavor which didn’t seem to go at all. I added salt, an extra cup of parmesan, and some red pepper flakes, and it was still bland. We ended up dumping a jar of pasta sauce on it to make it edible, but still ended up throwing out most of it. Still scratching my head trying to figure out what went wrong.