Pasta with Bacon and Chard

Pasta with Bacon and Chard
I grow chard in my garden and this quick and simple supper is so tasty you'll want to make it again and again!
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  • 160 g dried pasta (shells, bows or spirals are best)
  • 300 g (10 oz) fresh chard
  • 300 g (10 oz) smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmesan or similar to garnish
  1. Take the chard and tear the leaves from the stalks. Slice the chard stalks crossways.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and stri-fry the shallots for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed garlic, stir and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the bacon and stir-fry for around 3-4 minutes until the bacon has taken on colour.
  5. Add the chopped chard stalks and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Begin cooking the pasta according to the instruction on the packet.
  7. Season well with salt and pepper then tear the chard leaves into the pan.
  8. Spread the leaves out, cover and cook gently for 3-4 minutes.
  9. Stir the mixture, cover then cook gently for a further 3-4 minutes.
  10. Drain the pasta and mix well with the bacon and chard melange!
  11. Serve.
Titli's Tips
Serve with a green salad if you wish.

I always think of chard as a dual-purpose vegetable. The stalks can be used like onions - they soften but keep their shape when cooked (but taste nothing like onions) - and the leaves can be used like spinach (but taste nothing like spinach).

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 340 17%
Calories from Fat 222
Total Fat 24.7g 38%
Saturated Fat 7.3g 36%
Unsaturated Fat 6.1g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 12.2g 4%
Dietary Fibre 3.2g 12%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 16.3g 32%
Cholesterol 37.5mgs 12%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.