This is a very earthy, satisfying and quick fall recipe with no animal products. If you’re not in a rush, you could try making it with quinoa or barley instead of pasta for a more nutritious meal.
Ingredients for 2 servings
A small handful of pistachios or halved walnuts
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c chopped red onions
1 peeled, cored and thinly sliced apple
1 bunch of Swiss chard, washed well, spun dry and coarsely chopped
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
A dash of soy sauce (naturally brewed if available)
3 tbsp good maple syrup, or more to taste
A small handful of raisins
1/4-1/2 lb angel hair pasta, depending on how hungry you are
Salt to taste if needed
- Heat up salted water for the pasta. While that’s happening make the rest of the dish.
- Toast the nuts over low heat for 3-5 minutes in a large, dry pan (no oil) that will fit the vegetables and pasta later. Shake the pan a couple of times to cook the nuts on all sides. Watch the nuts and be careful not to burn them. When lightly toasted, put them in a bowl for later.
- Put the olive oil in the pan, turn the heat up to medium and saute the onions briefly until translucent. Spread apple slices across the pan. Give them a few minutes to brown lightly on one side, then turn them over to brown on the other.
- Add the Swiss chard, stir and saute a few minutes. Add the vinegar and continue cooking another 5 minutes or so until the chard is about half its original size and there is almost no liquid left in the pan.
- By now the pasta water should be boiling. Put in the pasta and cook according to the package instructions (3 minutes with the brand I use).
- Meanwhile, add the soy sauce to the vegetable mixture and stir. Add the raisins and maple syrup and stir again. Cook for a couple of minutes on medium-low heat. Taste and add more maple syrup if you’d like it sweeter. Just watch out that you don’t add too much — this is a savory dish.
- When the pasta is done, ladle a 1/2 c or so of pasta water into the vegetable pan before draining the pasta. Then add the pasta to the pan, stir well, and cook for a couple of minutes until there is just a little bit of liquid left in the pan. Taste and add salt if needed.
- Put it in a big serving bowl, sprinkle the top with nuts and serve.