Swiss Chard with Orzo, Cannelini Beans and Pancetta

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


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


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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