Sauteed Swiss chard with pancetta

Swiss chard with pancetta
Serves 8
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Inspired by a dish from the Kitchen restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. This quick recipe incorporates pancetta-which, like other cured meats, is a classic partner for chard.


  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped pancetta
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 red chiles such as Fresno or jalapeño, finely chopped
  • 2 lbs. Swiss chard, leaves whole, stems and ribs removed and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Cook pancetta, stirring, until crispy, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add garlic, chiles, and chard stems and ribs and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes.

  4. Add chard leaves and pepper, cover pot, and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.

Per serving: 102 Cal., 76% (78 cal.) from fat; 3.2 g protein; 8.7 g fat (2.3 g sat.); 5.2 g carbs (1.9 g fiber); 320 mg sodium; 4 mg chol. Chard-stem gratin

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