Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta

A spring pasta that uses broccoli rabe, swiss chard, fresh herbs and garlic to appreciate the lighter flavors of the season. For a more filling meal, add rotisserie chicken.

I really like pasta. Well… I like GOOD pasta. Overcooked pasta is the bane of my existence and frankly, it’s just not worth eating. Bucatini pasta, like I used in this recipe is a pasta staple for us. It’s like a really thick spaghetti that holds up well to sauces and reheating (aka heavenly leftovers).

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good tomato and meatball kind of deal with a pasta. But it seems a damn shame to miss out on what’s available at farmers markets right now. For those of us in the mid-Atlantic at least, the farmers markets that are open for the season have a lot of light flavored or bitter produce items. It’s how spring works.

That’s why this ‘sauce’ isn’t really a sauce, or a pesto or a dressing. The general combination of citrus, herbs, greens and an allium (onion, shallot, scallion, garlic, etc.) in food processor will work in so many combinations, it’s deserving of its own term: Market Dressing.

This one is rainbow chard as a base and trust me, you’d never know it was in there.

To make this spring pasta, head over to the Inspired home to get the recipe for a Spring Farmers Market Pasta

Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta
Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta

Pasta with a versatile ‘dressing/sauce’ made from rainbow chard leaves, lemon, garlic, olive oil and herbs.

Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta
 
Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta
 

I’m pretty convinced the general combination of:

  1. citrus,

  2. herbs,

  3. greens

  4. and an allium

will work in so many combinations, it’s deserving of its own term: Market Dressing.

Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta
Spring Farmers Market Rainbow Chard Pasta

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