Swiss chard is fresh and in abundance during this time of the year! I tend to turn to the same smoothie, sautes (usually over pasta) and salads, but I was ready for a new take on swiss chard. And so... the swiss chard pesto was born, a quick and easy food processed way to add greens to your pasta:
· 3 cups swiss chard (tightly packed), washed and pulled off stem
· 3 cloves garlic
· 1/2 cup walnuts
· 1/4 tsp salt
· 1/4 tsp pepper
Blend ingredients in food processor until smooth. Yields about 1 & 1/3 cup pesto.
Boil 3 cups (dry) pasta - for gluten free, I used brown rice pasta. After cooked, mix pesto and pasta.
Optional garnishes: For some spice, try crushed red pepper flakes, and add nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese to add a little "cheese" flavor.
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