Swiss Chard, Avocado and Pistachio Pasta

Swiss chard, avocado and pistachios are pureed with chicken stock, garlic and Italian Seasoning to make a fresh, flavorful pasta sauce that’s nutrient-rich as well. Kale or spinach may be substituted for the Swiss chard. Photo Credit: Julie Gransee of Lovely Little Kitchen.

Serves: 8
20 mins Prep time 20 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
20 mins Cook time
  • Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain well.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add 2 cups of the Swiss chard; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or just until tender-crisp. Remove Swiss chard. Set aside. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add onion; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and seasonings; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes.

  • Place remaining 4 cups Swiss chard in blender container. Add avocado, pistachios and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Add hot stock mixture. Cover blender with lid with center part removed. Cover lid with towel. Blend on low speed 15 seconds. Blend on high speed until mixture is smooth.

  • Place pasta in serving bowl. Top with Swiss chard sauce, cooked Swiss chard and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with additional chopped pistachios, if desired.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 343Calories: 343Cholesterol: 4mg
  • Sodium: 283mgProtein: 10g
  • Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 5gCarbohydrate: 51g