Sautéed Swiss Chard Ribs With Cream And Pasta

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A perfect weeknight recipe for leftover Swiss chard ribs. Just sauté in butter and cream and serve with your choice of pasta.

Updated August 03, 2021

Elise Bauer

The Swiss chard I planted last spring survived the winter to vigorously return this year. Last week we made a yogurt dip with the leaves of some swiss chard I picked.

The ribs from that bunch went into this dish, which was so good we ate it up before I could get a photo.

The basic recipe for the chard comes from The Victory Garden Cookbook. Just straight with the cream and butter, the chard recipe is too rich, but mixed in with pasta? It’s superb!

Elise Bauer
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, yielding 2 cups of chopped ribs

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream

  • Enough dry pasta to make about one quart of cooked pasta (use rice pasta if gluten-free is required)

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  1. Prepare the chard:

    Separate the ribs from the greens. Cut the ribs into 1/2-inch to 1-inch pieces. Blanch the ribs in lightly salted boiling water for 3 minutes.

  2. Cook the chard in butter and cream:

    Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the drained, blanched chard ribs and simmer for 4 minutes. Add heavy cream and cook until cream is reduces by two-thirds.

  3. Cook pasta while cream reduces:

    Cook up your pasta according to the pasta’s package directions.

  4. Toss and serve:

    Mix creamed chard with pasta. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
464 Calories
29g Fat
43g Carbs
10g Protein

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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 464
% Daily Value*
29g 37%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
81mg 27%
406mg 18%
43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 581mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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