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 A few weeks ago I had borrowed  books by Mario Batali and Mark Ladner's  Molto Gusto's" Easy Italian Cooking" from...

Swiss Chard Ragu With Penne Pasta : Learning From Mario Batali

 A few weeks ago I had borrowed  books by Mario Batali and Mark Ladner's Molto Gusto's" Easy Italian Cooking" from the library. I have watched Mario Batali cook so effortlessly and heard great reviews about food at his restaurants. So, in pursuit of learning to cook and learn a technique or two from this cook book, I tried this pasta recipe. It was pretty simple to make and I admit that, it is the best pasta that I have made so far. What did I learn from this recipe? To use pasta water and cold butter as base sauce for the pasta. I did add Italian seasoning to the recipe and not add the cheese that was suggested as we had allergies to deal with. In spite of it all, I was so proud of learning to make simple pasta taste delicious. 


Cutting Board
Stock pot to make pasta
Frying Pan

Serves 6
Onion - 1 big sliced
Swiss Chard - 1 bunch chopped
Cold Butter - 4 tbsp
Penne pasta - 1 packet
Garlic Pods - 5
Olive Oil - 3 tbsp
Pasta Water - 1 cup plus more if you are reheating the pasta for later
Italian Seasoning - as per spice levels
Bread Crumbs/ Croutons/ Rusk  grated - 1/2 cup


1. Start to prepare pasta as per the instructions on the packet.

2. Heat a heavy pan with olive oil, when it warms up add sliced garlic, thinly sliced onions and cook them a little before adding the swiss chard. Add some salt, cover and let them cook until tender for 7 minutes.

3. Add pepper, butter and allow it to cook for a few minutes.

4. When the pasta is done drain and keep aside the pasta water. Pour 1/4 cup at a time to the swiss chard mix to create a sauce.

5. Toss in the pasta and 3/4 cup pasta water. Allow it to cook a little to blend in all the flavors.

6. Add Italian seasoning on top as per taste and garnish with grated croutons or toasted bread crumbs and serve hot.


  1. Looks yum and delicious.. lovely dish for a relaxing weekday dinner..:))

  2. this is nice one.. pasta water retained to make sauce.. i shall do this.. have a packet of penne lying with me!

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  4. And we learn from you! Great recipe.

  5. Yummy and good clicks :)

  6. This looks delicious, somehow I haven't tried cooking with swiss chard or the other greens that u get here in the US..

  7. pasta looks really delicious. nice recipe

  8. Interesting and definitely a healthy ragu..Wonderful pasta dish.

  9. wonderful preparation, adding swiss chard is interesting...i too prefer adding breadcrumbs to my pasta...
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  10. Gr8 recipe n looks wonderful..

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  12. Looks yum


  13. i have bunch of pasta at home thinking what to do.. i will surely try this recipe.. ur new follower.. do stop by mine sometime..