Swiss Chard and Bacon with Gemelli Pasta

Swiss Chard and Bacon with Gemelli Pasta

A quick and tasty meal. Even my picky teenager and her friend liked it. It actually tasted pretty good as leftovers eaten cold like a pasta salad. Serve with Caesar salad and cheesy garlic bread.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add gemelli and boil until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Step 2

    While the gemelli is cooking, remove and slice Swiss chard stems. Cut leaves in half lengthwise, then thinly slice.
  3. Step 3

    Cook bacon in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add chard stems and cook for 1 minute, then add leaves and cook until wilted, about 2 more minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add warm gemelli and olive oil to the chard mixture. Stir to combine and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.