Orecchiette with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce

Orecchiette with Ricotta and Chard Pan Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 cups


  • 1 large bunch organic green or rainbow Swiss chard

  • ¾ pound dried Orecchiette

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

  • 2 ounce ricotta salata, Asiago, or pecorino, freshly grated

  • Freshly ground black pepper and/or nutmeg

  • ¼ cup fresh, whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper

  • Freshly grated ricotta salata, Asiago or pecorino cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to boiling. Separate chard stems from leaves; cut both in bite-sized pieces. Add orecchiette to boiling water. Set timer for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chard stems; cook 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp-tender.

  3. After 10 minutes, add chard leaves to cooked pasta; cook for 2 minutes. Drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and chard to pot. Place over lowest heat setting. Add chard stems and any residual oil to pasta, along with butter, crushed red pepper, and reserved cooking liquid. Grate in ricotta salata; toss. Season with pepper and nutmeg. Divide among bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon ricotta. Add sea salt, pepper and additional ricotta salata to taste. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

530 Calories
21g Fat
70g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 530
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 850mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 20.7mg 104%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 289mg 6%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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