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Weekly CSA Recipe: Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs

Al dente pasta coated in a fresh tomato sauce and covered with garlicky breadcrumbs.

May 26, 2017

Weekly CSA Recipe

Pasta is my comfort food. It could be because I ate so much buttered pasta as a child that my parents insisted I would turn into a noodle if I didn’t soon diversify (I was picky, okay?). It could be because dinners with my family were always centered around a large pot of pasta, tossed with slow-cooked sauce that simmered all day while my cousins and I played, carefree, on the grassy lawns of a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Or, it could be that pasta is unequivolcally delicious. Whatever the reason, I eat pasta when I’m sick, tired, hungry, happy, and in love. Pasta fills my belly and my soul in ways that no other food can. And this Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs is no exception.

This week Tucson CSA really pulled out all the stops. Shares were filled with plump, juicy, sweet, and downright gorgeous heirloom tomatoes that simply said, “summer is here, whether you like it or not.” Personally, I like summer. Sure, it’s hot. But there are tomatoes, squash, melons, peaches, corn, and this Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs to be eaten (yup, my life revolves around food).

This Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs comes with a warning: Dogs love the garlicky, cheesy, perfectly golden-brown breadcrumbs. So much, in fact, that they might be completely willing to go behind your back, jump on your leather chair, and lean precariously over your tiny 19th-century food photography table to eat an entire bowl of them. I may or may nor know this from experience. The only good thing about breadcrumb-stealing dogs? They look awfully cute with a bunch of breadcrumbs in their whiskers.

Dogs aside, I’m positive that you’ll enjoy this summery Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs.

Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta with Breadcrumbs
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 15 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Breadcrumbs
Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta
Servings: Servings
Instructions
Breadcrumbs
  1. Break the bread up into small pieces. Place the pieces of bread, parmesan, sea salt, and pepper in a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are the texture of coarse sand.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a small skillet. Add minced garlic and allow it to simmer for about 30 seconds, until it is very fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan and allow them to brown, stirring every 1-2 minutes, for about 5 minutes. Remove the breadcrumbs from the heat and set aside.
Fresh Tomato and Swiss Chard Pasta
  1. Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and sautée for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, sea salt, and sugar and stir to combine. Cover the pot with a lid, leaving only a small crack for steam to escape, and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Stir the chopped Swiss chard into the sauce and continue cooking it for about two minutes, until the Swiss chard has wilted. Place the lid on the sauce pan and remove it from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water over high heat until the water boils. Throw a small handful of salt into the water and add the pasta to the pot. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and place it in the sauce pan with the tomato-Swiss chard sauce. Stir everything until the pasta is evenly coated with sauce. Spoon the pasta into a large serving bowl and top it with the breadcrumbs.
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