It has been far too long since I shared my last pasta recipe. 192 days to be exact, but who’s counting. Just because it has been awhile doesn’t mean I don’t make pasta often. It is one thing I will not compromise giving up when I am watching what I eat. Sweets, and even meat I can honestly live without. Ok, maybe not sweets since I do like my sweet treats but if I had to choose between pasta or sweets, pasta would win hands down.
What I like to do to fill my urge for pasta without going overboard is I load it with lots of veggies or a nice hearty puttanesca sauce. I load my bowl with the veggies and sauce and less noodles that way I trick myself thinking I’m having a nice big bowl of pasta. I also like to use one of the many healthy pastas that are on the market that are more filling and better for you. Top with some fresh shavings of Parmesan cheese for a satisfying meal.
This pasta dish is sure to take care of any pasta craving. Penne tossed in olive oil, garlic, swiss chard, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan and topped with a creamy ricotta. Whip this up for an easy dinner any night of the week.
Remove leaves from stems and coarsely chop swiss chard.
Place leaves on top of 1/2 cup of water in a deep saute pan. Add a pinch of salt and cook over medium heat until just wilted. Drain leaves and set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
Toss in pasta, swiss chard, sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes and any optional add-ins. Top with ricotta cheese. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until cheese is melted.Print