Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Chard

This post comes from our contributor Jill of a Better Happier St. Sebastian!

Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Chard


8 oz fresh fettuccine (dry will work if fresh is not available)

1 large bunch swiss chard, stems removed, leaves chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese + additional for serving

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tbs olive oil, divided

1 clove garlic, diced

2 tsp red pepper flake

salt and pepper

In a skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tbs olive oil. When shimmering, add onions. Let cook, undisturbed for 10 minutes. Stir onions once and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Add a splash of water to the skillet and stir, taking care to scrape up any browned bits. Let cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 30 minutes total, onions should be blonde in color and have a jammy consistency. For a darker color and richer flavor, continue cooking an additional 10 minutes, otherwise set aside.

Warm remaining 1 tbs olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. When hot, add chard, garlic, red pepper flake, salt and pepper. Sauté chard until wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, making sure to leave chard in pan.



Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water, salt generously, and bring to a boil. When a rolling boil has been reached, add pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente, about 3 minutes for fresh fettuccine or 8-9 minutes for dried. Before draining, skim off 1/2 cup of pasta water and set aside.

Using the same pan from before, warm chard over low heat. Add pasta and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, tossing gently. Working in small additions, add pasta water and remaining parmesan cheese until cheese is melted and the sauce coats the pasta and chard.

To serve, top with fresh parmesan, and black pepper.




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For more of Jill’s recipes visit her blog A Better Happier St. Sebastian.

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  1. Yum pasta with Parmesan, much Parmesan!!! But no wine for me thanks, I’ll have Diet Doctor Pepper. This way, I’ll be allowed to eat some chocolate cookies for dessert : )

  2. Did anyone else find this meal to be extremely and unpleasantly spicy??? The 2 tsp of crushed red pepper was way off-putting and I am a spicy food eater. Did the author mean some other sort of red pepper?

    Ugh. I could tell the underlying taste would have been good. Too bad.

  3. This was delicious! I added a splash of heavy cream to the wilted greens and allowed it all to simmer for a minute. This recipe was light but very satisfying and perfect for September! Thanks for sharing!

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