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Fettuccine with Swiss Chard and Dried Fruit

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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
The regrettably underused leafy vegetable Swiss chard makes an appearance here with apricots, currants, port, and pine nuts--altogether unexpected and delectable.
3 tablespoons pine nuts
5 tablespoons cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 bunches green or red swiss chard, large stems removed, leaves washed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 cup sliced dried apricots
1/4 cup currants or raisins
1/2 cup port
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 pound fettuccine
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
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Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toast the pine nuts until golden brown, about 8 minutes.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the Swiss chard and 1/2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Cook until the chard is wilted and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the apricots, currants, port, and cinnamon and simmer until the port is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fettuccine until just done, about 12 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce, Parmesan, pine nuts, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

VARIATION: Fettuccine with Spinach and Dried Fruit

You can use spinach instead of the Swiss chard. Use 10 ounces of prewashed spinach or 1 1/2 pounds in bunches.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 546
Fat. Total: 24g
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 64g
Sodium: 1385mg
% Cal. from Fat: 40%
Cholesterol: 5mg
Protein: 15g
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