Sunday, December 28, 2008

Spaghetti with Swiss Chard and Garlic Chips

Inspiration:
Smitten Kitchen
and
Gourmet

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 2 pounds green Swiss chard, stems and center ribs finely chopped and leaves coarsely chopped separately
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, cut into slivers
  • 6 ounces feta, crumbled (1 1/2 cups)

Instructions:
  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.

  2. Cook onion in oil remaining in skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add currants and cook, stirring, until plumped, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir chard stems into onion mixture with water and 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in chard leaves and cook, covered, until stems and leaves are tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 5 quarts water) until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and drain spaghetti.

  5. Toss spaghetti with chard, olives, and 1/2 cup cooking water, adding more cooking water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with feta and garlic chips.


Notes:
This made a lot. I should have cut it in half. It's really good!

Liz's Rating: 9/10
Tim's Rating: n/a

8 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

DIVINE!!

Joelen said...

This looks great and the garlic chips are a nice topping!

annieseats said...

Glad to know you enjoyed this. I have it starred from Smitten Kitchen, I'll have to try it soon!

WeezerMonkey said...

Oh, man -- garlic chips. Mmm.

Katie said...

Serious yum! You always have the BEST flavor combos in your dishes. LOVE IT!

Maria said...

I love the garlic chips! Looks like a winning pasta dish!

handmade jewelry said...

where you come from!

Sophie said...

Garlic chips! What a very yummy idea, great way to add texture to a pasta dish :).