Last night was one of those evenings that I simply did not want to make dinner! I was so tempted to order a pizza, but then took a little stroll out to my garden. We have had little rain, and I have been very lazy in watering, so my garden is pretty sad looking right now, but I was able to harvest some beautiful cherry tomatoes and gorgeous swiss chard.
I decided to buckle down and throw some dinner together, so I put a pan of pasta on to boil, added some olive oil & garlic to a sauté pan, washed and roughly chopped the chard, and cut the tomatoes in half. Pasta with Tomatoes and Chard was born.
It was awesome & so simple. The swiss chard became almost buttery tasting, and the tomatoes added a sweetness and helped form a light sauce. It was the perfect simple summer supper!
Pasta with Tomatoes & Chard
1/2 lb. pasta
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried basil*
1/4 cup olive oil
3 large leaves swiss chard, ribs cut out & roughly chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
salt & pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese, shaved (optional)
Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a sauté pan on medium heat. Add olive oil & garlic. Let garlic soften, then add basil & swiss chard. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until chard shrinks and softens & turns a dark green color. Add tomatoes. Cook 2 minutes more. Season well with salt and pepper.
Serve tomatoes & chard on top of pasta. Top with parmesan cheese if desired.
(*if you have fresh basil, add it with tomatoes at the end.)