Chicken and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake

13 Aug

Chard arrived in our fresh box! This came out yummy! The ricotta was a nice addition. It wasn’t soupy or creamy but just right!

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Chicken and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake
adapted from thekitchn

1 box pasta
3 bunches Swiss chard
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, chopped
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 cup good-quality ricotta cheese
Splash chicken broth
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup panko crumbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente. Strain and set aside.

Rinse the swiss chard well and pull the leaves off the thick stalks, discarding the stems. Tear leaves into large chunks and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a large dutch oven or heavy stock pot over medium heat. Cook onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. Add the swiss chard to the pot and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir a few times to wilt the greens. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook until greens are tender, about 10 minutes.

Add the cooked noodles, chicken, ricotta, and chicken broth to the greens, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium-sized baking dish. Combine Parmesan, panko, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle the Parm mixture over the top of the casserole and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until the top is golden.

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