Double WOW Recipe – Bacon and Swiss Chard with Penne

Bacon and Swiss Chard with Penne Wow … make that a double WOW!  For so few ingredients and such an easy recipe this definitely gets a double wow for flavor.  I was looking for something quick to make after work using ingredients I already had at home.  I have a lot of swiss chard growing in the garden and I had bacon … and I always have pasta and garlic.  I loved it!  Give it a try, you can’t go wrong with a double WOW recipe!  ENJOY!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne
  • 12 ounces bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices (I used only 3 slices of thick bacon)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 6 stems from Swiss Chard, chopped
  • 2 large bunches Swiss Chard, chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

Cook penne in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Meanwhile, cook bacon in heavy large pot over medium heat until beginning to crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Drain all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings from skillet. Add onion, garlic and Swiss Chard stems  and saute over medium-high heat until softened, about 7 minutes. Add Swiss chard and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the reserved 1 cup of pasta cooking liquid to skillet. Toss until chard is wilted and tender, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar over; cook 1 minute. Add penne and oil to sauce in pot and toss to coat. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from:  Epicurious.com

Bacon and Swiss Chard with Pasta

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6 thoughts on “Double WOW Recipe – Bacon and Swiss Chard with Penne

  1. Hi Cheryl! I’m Cheryl too. I love your blog. I have nominated you for the “Oh So Fabulous Award” and you can find the rules by clicking on my wordpress link. It helps promote those of us who have less than 1,000 subscribers. Congrats and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful recipes. Hugs, Cheryl

  2. Pingback: Part II – Penne with Swiss Chard and Bacon – Plus 2 Ingredients | Pasta Princess and More

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