as Kale or Spinach can be used also.
and Mint Pesto
9 large cloves garlic (roasted)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (drained)
5-6 tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese (for garnish)
Wrap the leftover cloves in a small plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Toast 1/2 cup pine nuts at 350 degrees on a small baking pan for 10-15 minutes or till just a light golden brown. Remove and cool.
Boil pasta noodles to al dente according to package directions; add the chopped Swiss Chard 2 minutes before removing from heat; drain noodles and chard; reserve some of the pasta water. Set aside
6 cloves of roasted garlic
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
1 ½ cups fresh mint leaves
¾ cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves
½ teaspoon coarse salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a food processor add 6 cloves of the roasted garlic, half of the toasted pine nuts. Pulse to chop. Add the mint and parsley leaves; pulse to chop. Add the salt, pepper and grated cheese. Pulse to blend; while machine is running slowly add the olive oil. Scrape bowl often and continue to pulse until blended. Pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for one week.
In a large deep skillet heat the oil over medium heat; sauté the green onions for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, smash the remaining roasted garlic cloves and stir into the sauce Simmer for 3-4 minutes till hot. Add the cooked pasta and Swiss Chard, stir in 2-3 Tablespoons pesto and the pepper flakes.
Toss to coat (Add some pasta water if a thinner sauce is desired) pour onto a large serving platter, top with the additional pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese; serve immediately.