Quick Pipe Pasta with Swiss Chard


Don’t get me started. I’ll just mention that when the doctor heard how I got injured, he laughed. I’ll spare you the gory details, but it involved an epic fight with the mini-blender blade falling into the stand mixer bowl (in action), AND the unlocked dishwasher door. In case you ever wondered why  I don’t teach knife skills demos. Today, the saga continues with water flooding our building through the upstairs neighbor’s apartment.

I hope I’m forgiven if I post this recipe without a proper intro!

To cheer me up, feel free to share your most surreal kitchen accidents in the comment box.

Quick Pipe Pasta with Swiss Chards

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

serves 4


  • 3/4 lb "pipe" pasta (penne or rigatoni work too, and use 1 lb if you are a group of football players)
  • 3/4 lb Swiss chard
  • 1/2 can (1/2 lb) peeled tomatoes, possibly Italian San Marzano quality (or use fresh, seeded)
  • 1/2 cup black olives (pits removed)
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3or 4 tbsp good extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp grated pecorino romano
  • salt and pepper


Wash the chard and remove the stems and harder part. You CAN use the stems, they taste great! But they will need to cook for twice as long, so it's easier to do it separately.

Steam or boil the chard in salted water (about 5-10 minutes for the leaves, and 15-20 minutes for the stems, if using). Drain, pat dry and choap coarsely.

Heat the oil in a skillet, add the chili (broken into 3-4 pieces), the sliced olives, and the chard.

Drain the tomatoes from the liquid; chop them coarsely (or crush them with your hands) and add them into the skillet.

Cook for about 5-10 minutes on medium heat, and adjust the salt and pepper.

While cooking the sauce, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the directions on the package, keeping it "al dente".

Drain the pasta without rinsing it, and transfer it into the skillet with the sauce. Saute with the sauce for a minute, stirring.

Sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve immediately.





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  1. I hope your day gets better. From injuries to flooding – you clearly need some luck!
    This pasta dish looks amazing.

  2. Oh, no! The only strange thing I can remember (must have blocked out my own experiences somehow) is that my grandmother was cleaning a really gigantic fish, stuck her hand in it’s mouth, and pulled it out with a huge fish hook sticking through her thumb…thankfully no one passed out. Hope you feel better soon! Love the recipe!

  3. Susan B says:

    Hope that the rest of your day runs smoothly with no more mishaps. This dish looks delicious.

  4. this dish looks great!

  5. My hands have a multitude of scars. In our business it’s an “occupational hazard.” But I hope yours is your last one and you have only safer days to come. Relax over the weekend. Pasta and chard, always a good mix.

  6. roberto says:

    LOL mi viene in mente che da piccolo odiavo le bietole… mia mamma me le propinava sempre lesse quando avevo mal di pancia! Con la pasta, invece…… buonissime!

  7. As long as you still have all your pieces and parts intact…
    Nice and simple vegetarian recipe-the best kind…thanks!

  8. Oh, why do I look at your exquisite blog when I’m hungry?…. Torture, sweet torture…

  9. LOL! This sounds like something out of an early Woody Allen movie!

    The pasta looks lovely. Just the kind of impromptu dish that we love in our house!

  10. Lady, you need a coffee and a vacation! Take it easy and rest assured this looks fantastic!

  11. Oh no! I’m not even going to ask…I hope you are ok!!! Lovely, colorful recipe…this would be great to pack up for lunch 🙂

  12. I don’t love pasta salad, but love swiss chard!

  13. This is the perfect weeknight dinner, so easy and has everything I love.

  14. The pasta looks lovely. But as for the kitchen accident, isn’t it something how quickly they happen and the damage that can be done in the blink of an eye? I have a dishwasher door that has a mind of its own, and does not always latch when I close it. So sometimes that door is open, 2 steps backward from my sink, and well, you know the rest. Careful is the watchword in the kitchen.

  15. Such a simple and quick pasta dish. We love the colors and the freshness for the ingredients

  16. Quick, and elegant. I feel like I always say that about your cooking — you have nailed elegant!

  17. This looks so good! Hope you are feeling okay, I once burnt all my fingers on one hand in 300 degree candy sugar while making candy apples. I dipped too far into the pot…I was getting lazy half way into the case of apples.

  18. Look fabulous. I am only accident proof when Mom is in the kitchen. She seems to make up for it around my kitchen. Her knife skills leave a lot to be desired but she gets it done! hahah~ Instead, she likes to drop everything. It’s especially entertaining when she is attempting to unload the dishwashers. Lots of banging on a tile floor is involved. Glad you are better. Saluti, Barbara
    Love anything with vegetables and pasta.

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