Sautéed Swiss Chard Ribs with Cream and Pasta

A perfect weeknight recipe for leftover Swiss chard ribs. Just sauté in butter and cream and serve with your choice of pasta.

Swiss Chard ribs
Elise Bauer

The Swiss chard I planted last spring survived the winter to vigorously return this year. Last week we made a yogurt dip with the leaves of some swiss chard I picked.

The ribs from that bunch went into this dish, which was so good we ate it up before I could get a photo.

The basic recipe for the chard comes from The Victory Garden Cookbook. Just straight with the cream and butter, the chard recipe is too rich, but mixed in with pasta? It's superb!

Swiss chard ribs sauteing in butter
Elise Bauer

Sautéed Swiss Chard Ribs with Cream and Pasta

Total Time 0 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound Swiss chard, yielding 2 cups of chopped ribs
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
  • Enough dry pasta to make about one quart of cooked pasta (use rice pasta if gluten-free is required)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Prepare the chard:

    Separate the ribs from the greens. Cut the ribs into 1/2-inch to 1-inch pieces. Blanch the ribs in lightly salted boiling water for 3 minutes.

  2. Cook the chard in butter and cream:

    Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the drained, blanched chard ribs and simmer for 4 minutes. Add heavy cream and cook until cream is reduces by two-thirds.

  3. Cook pasta while cream reduces:

    Cook up your pasta according to the pasta's package directions.

  4. Toss and serve:

    Mix creamed chard with pasta. Season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve warm.