Saturday, June 12, 2010

Swiss Chard Macaroni and Cheese

Swiss Chard Mac and Cheese

One of my new fave veggies, thanks to our CSA, is Swiss Chard. It's amazing wilted and put into just about anything ever. Of course, I like greens anyway, but YUM. SO when I found a dish that combined swiss chard and macaroni and cheese (one of my all time favorite dishes), I knew we had to give it a try!

Makes: A 7 X 11" pan of macaroni and cheese

1 bunch Swiss Chard, washed
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves
3 tbsp flour
1/4 cup pesto
1 cup plain yogurt (whole, not non-fat)
1 cup crumbled feta
16 ounces elbow pasta
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

PREHEAT oven broiler

BOIL water in a large saucepan
ADD pasta
COOK until al dente
RESERVE 1 cup of pasta water when draining

WASH Swiss Chard
SEPARATE stems from leaves
ROUGHLY CHOP both, but keep separate
CHOP onion
MINCE garlic

HEAT butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
ADD chard stems and onions
COOK 3-4 minutes
ADD garlic
COOK until vegetables are tender
ADD chopped chard greens
COOK until the greens are wilted (2-3 minutes)
STIR in flour
COOK 1 minute
ADD pesto, yogurt, feta, and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
STIR well
COOK until mixture begins to thicken and is heated through (3-4 minutes)

PLACE pasta mixture in a 7 x 11" pan
SPRINKLE with Parmesan cheese
PLACE under broiler until cheese begins to brown

My Thoughts
1. I really enjoyed the flavor of the feta in macaroni and cheese. The yogurt lent a bit of tang which I was a undecided on, but the hubby considers this a solid win.

2. You could easily add bacon to this recipe for a bit of a smoky flavor.

3. The "sauce" is not as creamy as a traditional macaroni and cheese, but it still has a nice texture and holds together nicely.

4. This dish reheats well, making it an excellent option for lunches!

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