Pasta with Swiss Chard


Learn how to make pasta for two so you can have a dinner date without loads of leftovers. This is one of those pasta dishes that taste way more decadent than its calorie count reflects (thanks to secret ingredients such as light ricotta).

Pasta with Swiss Chard
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 ounce dried whole grain bow-tie or mostaccioli pasta

  • 6 ounce fresh Swiss chard or spinach

  • 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • cup light ricotta cheese

  • 2 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • Dash ground nutmeg

  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped

  • 2 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, except omit any oil or salt. Drain well. Return pasta to hot saucepan. Cover and keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, cut out and discard center ribs from Swiss chard or remove stems from spinach. Coarsely chop greens; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook for 15 seconds. Add Swiss chard or spinach. Cook over medium-low heat about 3 minutes or until greens are wilted and tender, stirring frequently. Stir in ricotta cheese, milk, basil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes more or until heated through.

  3. Add the ricotta mixture and tomato to cooked pasta; toss gently to combine. Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
8g Fat
51g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 435mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 14g

*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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