If it's summertime where you live, then you’ve been seeing tons of beautiful, nutrient dense Swiss Chard at the market, your local farm stand or, if you’re like me, perhaps in your own garden!
Swiss Chard has become a staple in our kitchen garden, providing continuous harvest from cool spring through a hot summer and far into late fall. As a result of its prolific bounty, I’ve learned many a delicious summer recipe incorporating this gorgeous green leafy.
Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and White Beans is one of my favorite go-to dishes. It's perfect for summer days when you want a delicious meal that’s a snap to prepare. Brimming with color, flavor and ooey-gooey cheesiness, it’s a hit every time! Serve with crusty bread alongside for sopping the delicious broth. Yum!
Swiss Chard Growing in our Kitchen Garden
Cheesy Gnocchi with Swiss Chard & Cannellini Beans Recipe:
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound gnocchi, prepared according to package directions
- sea salt (for seasoning gnocchi water)
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 bunch swiss chard, leaves chopped into 1 inch strips; stems removed, finely sliced & separated (or substitute spinach)
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
- 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
- 1/2 tablespoon medium-heat thinly sliced red chili pepper (substitute 1/3 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes)
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- crusty bread for serving alongside
- fleur de sel and truffle oil (or best quality EVOO) for finishing (optional but encouraged!)
- Prepare gnocchi according to package directions adding a bit of sea salt to water for seasoning. Set aside cooked gnocchi, reserving a bit of the pasta water as well.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onion and finely sliced chard stems only to the pan and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and cook, stirring, until starting to wilt, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes, beans and sliced chili peppers (or dried chili flakes) and bring to a simmer. Stir in the reserved gnocchi adding a bit of the reserved gnocchi water if needed for the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover pan and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly, for 2 minutes or so.
- Ladle into bowls with crusty bread on the side for sopping. If desired, finish each dish with a sprinkling of fleur de sel and a drizzle of truffle oil. (A never fail trick to take a dish up 10 notches!)
Recipe adapted from Woman's Day
Do you have any veggies growing in your garden this season? I'd love to hear about them!