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Dinner Tonight: October 14, 2019 Oodles of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles

Fun

Going around the table, each person names a "rose" (high point), "thorn" (low point) and "bud" (thing to look forward to) from the day.

Conversation

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

This recipe comes from the USDA Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbook.

 

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 2¾ cups Penne pasta, whole-wheat, dry (11 oz)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ¼ cups Fresh grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ tsp Dried basil
  • ¾ tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp Whole-wheat flour
  • 2 ⅓ cups Low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups Fresh Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Gradually stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook uncovered for about 8-10 minutes until tender. Do not overcook. Drain well.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of tomatoes and cook 2-3 minutes until skins soften. Do not overcook. Reserve remaining tomatoes for step 4. Add basil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir.
  3. Sprinkle flour over tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds over medium heat until mixture becomes thick. Add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to low heat.
  4. Add Swiss chard and remaining tomatoes. Simmer uncovered over low heat for 1-2 minutes or until Swiss chard is wilted. Pour over pasta. Serve hot.

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