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Simple Sundays | Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta

I was at the register, chatting with the kind lady who was ringing up my purchase, when my eyes drifted upward onto the display behind her. It was a sea of words – I’m sure you’ve seen them before – those wooden wall art pieces,…

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wonderful dish with healthy greens and fiber rich beans.
Simple Sundays | Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Eat your greens (the ultimate one pot meal or side dish has greens, beans, pasta and bacon, all in one)!

I was at the register, chatting with the kind lady who was ringing up my purchase, when my eyes drifted upward onto the display behind her. It was a sea of words – I’m sure you’ve seen them before – those wooden wall art pieces, with quirky sayings meant to make you smile.

There was one that caught my eye in particular. In large, bold print, it declared: LIFE IS SHORT. EAT BACON.

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Swiss chard is nutrient rich and delicious in this dish!

I chuckled, in spite of myself. Bacon love is an anthem to many, but I like my greens, too.

Which makes me wonder, why don’t we ever see wall art that reminds us to eat our greens?

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Healthy swiss chard shines in this delicious dish.

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | Get your fiber and your greens in this wonderful dish!

Well, here’s my solution. Eat both.

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | This orzo dish gets a healthy boost with lots of swiss chard and cannelini beans.

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wholesome side dish that can is just right as an easy lunch, too.

I love my greens, especially when paired with bites of pancetta. It rounds out the flavor and, when I add it to swiss chard, it’s irresistible. By adding some cannelini beans, orzo and shavings of parmesan, Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta is a side dish that I keep digging into.

Life is short. Eat your greens!

Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta | www.kitchenconfidante.com | A wonderful dish with healthy greens and fiber rich beans.

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Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta

Serves 4-6. | Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes

The ultimate one pot meal or side dish has greens, beans, pasta and bacon, all in one!

Ingredients

1 cup orzo 

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 oz diced pancetta

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large bunches Swiss chard, leaves removed from stems and roughly chopped

kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 15 oz can cannelini beans 

2 tablespoons chicken broth

Instructions

Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook the orzo for about 9 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. 

In a deep sided saute pan or medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium-heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the pancetta and cook until crispy. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the Swiss chard, and season with salt and pepper. Cook the Swiss chard, stirring periodically, until it begins to wilt. Add the cooked orzo, cannelini beans, and chicken broth, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.

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  1. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    This looks sooooo good and comforting for a Sunday night! And it’s right up my alley as I’ve basically lived my whole live under the assumption that if you eat something not so healthy (bacon) at the same time as something healthy (chard) they cancel eat other out. Yeah! That’s what get’s me through the day! Ha ha! Happy Sunday, Liren!

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  2. Joanna

    The Sunday is almost over so it’s too late to start cooking it now/ Hmmm..If I cook it Saturday, will I have to rebrand it to Simple Saturday? ;) Great recipe!

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  3. Jean Mowery

    Is Swiss Chard chewy or stringy when it’s cooked. As you can tell, I’ve never cooked chard.

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    • Liren Baker

      Neither, Jean! I do remove the chard off the stem, and it’s much like spinach in texture when cooked. I hope you try it!

  4. Stephanie

    I made this with beautiful red chard. I couldn’t bear to not use stems/stalks. I only used one bunch and finely sliced them (like celery). Put the stems in with garlic and sautéed 3 minutes then added leaves and cooked til wilted another 4-5 stirring constantly. So glad I used them. There’s nothing stringy, chewy, etc in my soup. (Again think celery) So delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Liren Baker

      I’m so glad you made the dish, Stephanie — and great to know that the stems worked well! After seeing your comment I made it again and included some stems, too – thanks for the tip!

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