Monday, June 29, 2009

chard & ravioli

This is from a cookbook called "Serving Up the Harvest," which my mom got me for Chanukah -- this is the first recipe I made from it, and it was delicious.

Part of it was the chardiness, but another part was the random cheese I had. Has anyone heard of Gran Parano? I bought it because Wegmans was out of the normal Romano/Parmesan blend, and I was a little wary because it smelled somewhat strong and crazy. But it is really sharp and good. Mm.

2 pounds (12-16 stems with leaves) red, green or rainbow chard, leaves cut into one-inch ribbons and stems diced
2 T olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced [I used half a regular onion]
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt and black pepper
1 package (30 oz.) frozen cheese-filled ravioli [I had about a third of a package of frozen tortellini, so I used that and some whole wheat torglioni (the corkscrew stuff; any pasta, whether cheese-filled or not, would have been fine)]
1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan [I used Gran Parano, and less than this]

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the chard stems and boil for 2 minutes. Add the leaves and continue to boil until just wilted, about 30 seconds. Remove the vegetables with tongs or a slotted spoon and drain well.

2. Bring the water back to a boil.

3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, shallot and red pepper and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chard and continue to saute until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the ravioli to the boiling water and simmer (do not boil) until the ravioli are all cooked through and rise to the surface of the water, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

5. In a large serving bowl or platter, combine the ravioli and chard and toss together. Sprinkle with half the cheese and toss again. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and serve.


Alissa said...

Yum! I love Parano. I have some in the fridge right now! I get it at Weaver's sometimes. It's a Dutch cheese... I believe it's an aged gouda. Another one that is similar is Prima Donna. Both are really good at room temp. Yum. Parano melts well, too.

Kelly said...

That does sound good. Glad it turned out so yummy. I'm feeling motivated to give chard another shot...

Alissa said...

Oh, kel. Try that recipe on here for chard and cous cous. I made that 2 weeks ago and it was delicious. I can't wait to get more chard in the CSA this week so I can make that recipe again.