Orecchiette with Sautéed Greens

I borrowed Chef Recipes Made Easy from my library a couple of years ago, and yes I still have it! (I know, I know) I use so many of the recipes, but I’m finally going to add them to my blog and give it back. This is a favourite of mine as we often get mixed salad from Costco and I end up with too much to eat so I use it with the orecchiette, one of my favourite pastas!

Here are the ingredients but really you can add as much as you like, the scallions make it so don’t skip those!


1 bag/box of orecchiette usually 12 oz
4 T butter
1 bunch scallions thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 T oilive oil
5 oz baby arugula
6 large swiss chard leaves coarsely chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper


Cook the orecchiette reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the scallions and garlic and cook over low heat until softened, about 2 mins. Add the wine and cook over moderate heat until reduced by half, about 5 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water and puree the mixture in a blender until smooth. Season the scallion sauce with salt and pepper.

Wipe out the pasta pot and heat the olive oil. Add arugula and swiss chard, cook over high heat until wiltered, 5 mins. Add the pasta, scallion sauce and reserved pasta cooking water and simmer, tossing and stirring until the sauce is thick, about 3 mins. Stir in the cheese, season with salt and pepper.

Now you can cook it the pro way or just throw everything together and cook then add the pasta and toss, yes I know I’m lazy and hate cooking lol and it tastes just as good!!!

Serves 4.


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