Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day #312 - Spaghetti with Tomato, Zucchini, and Rainbow Chard

I discovered fun new foodie website called Knapkins.   Knapkins is designed to make discovering new recipes more fun and social through games.   Right now they have two games - Food Duel (where you vote which one of two recipes looks "yummier" to you) and Recipe Guessing Game (where you have to guess 5 of the ingredients based on a recipe's photo).    I was playing around on Knapkins last night, and came across a recipe for Pasta with Tomato, Eggplant & Zucchini.  I immediately printed the recipe and used it as inspiration for tonight's dinner.

Here is the recipe I followed tonight (which is the above-linked recipe with my alterations):

Spaghetti with Tomato, Zucchini, and Rainbow Chard (serves 2)
Whole grain pasta, 2 servings worth according to package
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (or pressed)
1 zucchini, sliced into thin slices
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch rainbow chard
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved

1) Bring a big pot of water to a boil, cook the pasta according to the package directions.

2) Saute onion and garlic in a large skillet with 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for 2 minutes. Then add the zucchini to the skillet, and saute for another 2-3 minutes.

3) Remove the chard leaves from their stems and set aside, then sut stems into thin slices.  Add the chard stems and tomatoes to the skillet and saute for another 3-4 minutes.  Roughly chop the chard leaves, and add to the skillet. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the leaves begin to wilt.

4)  Drain and add the pasta to the skillet with the sauce.  Mix and let cook for about 2 minutes.
Top with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese just before serving.

P.S. Be sure to visit the original site of this recipe and check it out.   The original recipe included some additional cooking time (for oven-roasted tomatoes and eggplant bacon), but I wanted a dinner that was a little quicker to prepare. 

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