Vegetarian Citrus Pasta With Swiss Chard Recipe

Yasmin Fahr

Note: Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that has a tart lemony flavor. You can find it in specialty shops or order it online. I used whole wheat fusilli, which required about a half cup more liquid than regular pasta and adds a denser mouthfeel to the dish. You can use regular as well—just decrease the cooking liquid by 1/2 cup.

Recipe Details

Vegetarian Citrus Pasta With Swiss Chard Recipe

Active 20 mins
Total 20 mins
Serves 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, trimmed and stems removed and cut, leaves cut into 2-inch ribbons

  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about 3/4 cup)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Pinch dried red chile flakes

  • 4 1/2 cups homemade vegetable stock or store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 pound whole wheat fusilli pasta

  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice and 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon sumac (see note)

  • Parmigiano Reggiano, for grating


  1. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chard stems and season with salt and cook until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the shallots and cook until they have softened, adding another pinch of salt and the red chile flakes, about 2 minutes.

  2. Add the stock to the pan with the fusilli and adjust the heat to maintain a vigorous boil and cook according to the package directions until the pasta has about 4 minutes left in the cooking process. Then, stir in the chard leaves and cook until the pasta and chard are done. Stir in the lemon juice and zest and adjust the seasoning as needed. Divide among plates, sprinkle with the sumac and freshly grated cheese.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
577 Calories
12g Fat
102g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 577
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 828mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 102g 37%
Dietary Fiber 18g 65%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 1164mg 25%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)