Swiss chard with pancetta

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Pancetta
Yield: Serves 8
Time: 25 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped pancetta
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresh red chiles such as Fresno or jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, leaves whole, stems and ribs removed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook pancetta, stirring, until crispy, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, chiles, and chard stems and ribs and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add chard leaves and pepper, cover pot, and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 102 (76% from fat)
Protein: 3.2g
Fat: 8.7g (sat 2.3)
Carbohydrate: 5.2g
Fiber: 1.9g
Sodium: 320mg
Cholesterol: 4mg

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Any bitter green makes a great companion for the rich, creamy polenta. Choose kale, broccoli rabe, or mustard greens in place of the chard.

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