Spaghetti with garlic oil and swiss chard

Spaghetti and swiss chard, detail

It's July already!

And yet again we are blessed with summer rain.
In so many years that I've seen the pours,
it still surprises me,
for never do I consider the grey clouds
nor do I carry an umbrella,
in the hope that just this once,
the shy English sun will come out to say hi!

So again... I came home with wet toes,
and packed heavy with a colourful bouquet!
The nourishing kind,
Topped with deep green leaves
with stems in bright yellows and orange,
and tones of an almost fuscia.

And because it's summer
even though a cold wet summer,
Here's to a light,
but hearty pasta.


swiss chard bouquet

swiss chard colourful stems

Swiss chard chopped stems

Garlic detail

Spaghetti detail

Spaghetti and swiss chard

Spaghetti and swiss chard, fork detail

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3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
5 large stems of swiss chard
200 g whole wheat spaghetti
2 spoons olive oil
Salt & pepper
In a deep pan boil water for "cook the spaghetti al dente". Remember to salt the water once boiled.

Gently heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan and soften the finely sliced garlic. Add the chopped onion and thickly sliced swiss chard stems. Season with salt and pepper.
Saute until cooked and begin to add pasta water (for a silky thickened sauce).
Add finely sliced swiss chard leaves until wilted.
Once spaghetti is cooked, strain and add to pan.
Drizzle with more olive oil and serve immediately!

16 responses

  1. fingknitcoolgal

    The weather has a lot to be desired since April, I agree. But your dinner looks delicious! It cheered me up (^_^)

    July 2, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    • Thanks ma dear! It certainly was delish and incredibly easy to make and healthy too! And I certainly hope this weather starts behaving

      July 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM

  2. These pictures are amazing

    July 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM

  3. I truly wish we were fortunate enough to get those rainbow chard varieties here in Australia. So beautiful, so simple, I love how nutritious (and yet,) oh do pretty they are.

    Your photos are gorgeous as always, how did you make that pasta look so good!

    July 3, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    • They are absolutely gorgeous! Visually and on the plate.

      July 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

  4. Everyone has already said how beautiful your photos are, but really, they are making my mouth water. Besides, I love pasta with vegetables and chard is in season in Germany so we can get it en masse. I will try this. Definitely. Drool…

    July 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    • Hi Nilu! Thank you again. Ohhh you are a lucky one! Swiss chard is gorgeous. Hurry and get some, will you be having it for dinner?

      July 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

  5. simplesustenance

    Such beautiful pictures!

    July 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

  6. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing & delicious. Thanks for liking my blog πŸ˜€

    July 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    • Thank you for your comment and visiting too!

      July 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM

  7. Mm, love swiss chard. BEAUTIFUL photos, too.

    July 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    • They are gorgeous vegetables! Thank you so much for your lovely comment

      July 3, 2012 at 9:16 PM

  8. Delicious! And gorgeous photography! I love this simple spaghetti recipe with lots of greens in it! πŸ™‚

    July 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM

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