"I think it's nice that there are all different kinds of lunches and breakfasts and dinners and snacks. I think eating is nice." – Albert from Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell C. Hoban
I had a lot more goat cheese than either recipe called for, so I decided to make a combination of the two. I also really like garlic, so I put in 5 cloves. You could add more! I used paprika instead of red pepper flakes and I added ginger because I have some and I like ginger.
I mostly followed the All Recipes version, except when I got to end and combined everything (I didn’t bake anything). I forgot to reserve any pasta cooking water, but you can. I also decided to add goat cheese to both the noodles and the chard, because I had so much.
It came out really nicely, I topped it with a little salsa for kick.
I recommend putting up the pasta and then starting the chard while the pasta is cooking, to save time.
Chard and Beans with Goat Cheese Noodles
half a 1 lb (450 g) box of pasta – I used spagetti
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
5 cloves garlic, minced
nice pinch of paprika
1 bunch Swiss chard, rinsed, stems removed and cut into slices
1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 carrot, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
~4 ounces goat cheese
(optional) salsa to garnish
Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and paprika; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add Swiss chard, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Uncover and mix in the pinto beans, carrot, lime or lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cover and continue cooking until the chard is wilted, about 4 more minutes. Stir in some goat cheese.
Combine the pasta with the chard mixture and the rest of the goat cheese (use the bigger pot). If using, add most of the reserved cooking water. Toss until the goat cheese melts and coats the pasta. Taste for salt, pepper, lemon juice. You can add more water if the pasta seems dry.
Serve with salsa, or sprinkled with more goat cheese, or with some fresh cilantro, or anything else that occurs to you.