Herby Pesto Pasta Salad with Chard

Herby Pesto Pasta Salad with Chard
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Herby Pesto Pasta Salad with Chard

Kath Younger

Herby Pesto Pasta Salad with Chard

I had a blast making this for dinner. I decided I wanted something really herby and gathered what I could find in the yard — plus lots of Swiss chard from our overflowing green garden! In addition to the chard, I picked dill, basil, mint, and rosemary.

The sour cream is optional, but it's a nice addition if you happen to have it lying around, since it makes the dressing a bit more "saucy" in consistency.

Ingredients

  • whole-wheat penne
  • Swiss chard, stemmed and chopped
  • tomato, chopped
  • 1/4  store-bought or homemade pesto
  • sour cream (optional)
  • 1/3  chopped mixed herbs, such as rosemary, basil, dill, mint, or oregano

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Place the chard in another large pot with 2 tablespoons water over medium heat and cover with a lid. Steam until just wilted, about 3-5 minutes.

Drain the pasta and combine with the chard, pesto, tomato, and sour cream, if using. Toss in the mixed herbs and serve.

Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.