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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Macaroni With Tomato Sauce Chard and Goat Cheese

Martha Rose Shulman  
  Time 1 hour 10 minutes 
 Yield Serves four to six 

This tomatoey version of macaroni and cheese is a great way to use greens or other vegetables.
Featured in: The Last Of The Fresh Greens.

For the macaroni with tomato sauce, chard and goat cheese
2 cups tomato sauce, made with fresh or canned tomatoes
1 pound Swiss chard or other greens, stemmed and washed
12 ounces penne rigata
3 ounces soft, mild goat cheese (about 3/4 cup)
1 ½ ounces (about 1/3 cup) freshly grated Parmesan
 Freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For the macaroni with tomato sauce, chard and goat cheese
1. Begin heating a large pot of water for the chard and pasta. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. When it’s done, transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the goat cheese.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and oil a 2-quart baking dish or gratin with olive oil.
3. Fill a bowl with ice water. When the water in the pot comes to a boil, salt generously and add the Swiss chard. Blanch for one to two minutes, then transfer to the ice water and drain. Squeeze out excess water, and chop fine. Add to the bowl with the tomato sauce. Taste and season with salt and pepper. (Alternatively, you can steam the greens, but you’ll need the water for the pasta in any case.)

4. Bring the water back to a boil, and add the pasta. Cook the pasta for a minute less than the instructions on the package indicate. It should still be a little underdone, as it will finish cooking in the oven. Drain, and transfer to the bowl with the tomato sauce and chard. Add 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, and stir together until the pasta is thoroughly coated with the sauce. Transfer to the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the top, and drizzle on the olive oil.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is bubbly and the top just beginning to color, about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Advance preparation: You can make the tomato sauce up to three days ahead of serving. Keep it in the refrigerator, and reheat before proceeding with the recipe. The blanched chard will keep for three or four days in the refrigerator. The assembled macaroni will keep for several hours outside the refrigerator, and can be covered and refrigerated for up to two days before baking (the pasta will become quite soft).

Nutritional information per serving (four servings)
547 calories; 6 grams saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 19 milligrams cholesterol; 80 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams dietary fiber; 503 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 24 grams protein

Nutritional information per serving (six servings)
365 calories; 4 grams saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 4 grams monounsaturated fat; 13 milligrams cholesterol; 53 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams dietary fiber; 335 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 16 grams protein

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