Quick boil some water! No I’m not having a baby– it’s Default Red Chard Pasta Night.
At my house Default Pasta makes regular appearances. In fact I’d even go so far as to call these appearances star turns. That’s because learning how to bring forth quick, flavorful weeknight meals can be a lifesaver.
There are a lot of good reasons to master the concept of Default Pasta. Maybe you haven’t been to the grocery store for weeks on end and the fridge and pantry are pretty bare. Maybe you’ve just been busy, really busy. Of course in my world (well, most of our worlds really) Default Pasta Night happens at the end of a long day, when we’re tired, hungry and just want to get dinner out of the way with minimal mess and plenty of flavor.
That’s what the pot of boiling water I used as my opening hook is for; cooking dried pasta, the greatest friend a weeknight cook has ever had.
Red Chard Pasta with Red Fresno Chilies
This version of Red Chard Pasta comes together very easily– even for default pasta. That’s because I almost always have some sort of greens around the house. Greens are a great addition to pasta dishes. I like red Swiss chard for this dish particularly well. Red Swiss chard is a bit more flavorful than green Swiss chard and tastes like like a milder version of beet greens in my opinion. In fact beet greens would make a great substitution. I also reached for red Fresno chilies at the last minute when prepping this dish. I liked the red/red aspect. Besides, one of the rules for Default Pasta is it needs to be pretty. Red Chard Pasta is pretty. So quick boil some water! GREG