Sometimes, the most simple recipes are the ones we remember, and savor, the most. There's nothing quite like a delicious buttered noodle. Throw in some sautéed chard and you've got a full-on vegetarian forward meal that is healthy and comforting at the same time. This easy and quick buttered noodles with swiss chard is your new weeknight bestie, so let's dive right in!
Pasta is always on my weekly menu, and it's great all year long.
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
Did I mention that this recipe has very minimal ingredients? Because it does, and that's one of my favorite parts about this recipe.
- Rainbow Swiss Chard
- Olive Oil
- Egg Noodles
See the recipe card below for specific information about quantities.
How do I make this recipe?
Get ready for the easiest step by step tutorial for make the best tasting pasta recipe. All it takes is sautéing the chard, boiling noodles, and combining the two with some butter. Doesn't get much easier than that.
Begin by chopping the chard into smaller pieces, similar to cutting lettuce, then set aside.
In a medium sauté pan, add in two tablespoons of oil, then add in the chard. Sauté for 5-7 minutes on medium heat, then turn off the heat once the chard has wilted.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the egg noodles (or noodles of choice). Cook until al dente, then strain and add back to the pot. Add the tablespoons of butter to the egg noodles and mix to melt.
Top with salt and pepper and continue to stir until the butter has fully melted. To the egg noodles, add in the swiss chard and toss to combine. Serve.
HINT: Reserve a little of the pasta water to add into the pasta and butter as it melts to give the pasta a creamier texture.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
If you're looking to make this recipe for yourself, or someone else, who has dietary restrictions, here are some of the suggestions I would recommend:
- Pasta - swap out the egg noodles for your favorite gluten-free version.
- Butter - use vegan or dairy-free alternatives for butter.
- Chard - not into chard? Swap for arugula, spinach, or kale!
One of the benefits of making an easy and minimal recipe like this one is that you can spruce it up in simple ways! Here's a few of my favorite ways to do so:
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes to the noodles for added heat.
- Cottage Cheese - since it's become a very popular food again, a dollop of cottage is amazing in this dish. It gives the dish more protein, and another creamy factor.
- Protein - add some diced grilled chicken, or even some shrimp for added protein.
Kitchen Tools and Equipment
For this recipe, we'll need pretty standard tools and kitchen equipment when it comes to making the pasta and baking it. One of the tools I highly recommend using is a spider skimmer or spatula. This spatula is circular, and has tiny holes in it. I find it's a lot easier to make pasta recipes when it calls for straining and baking pasta to just use the spider spatula and move the pasta from the water and pot directly to the dish. Less mess and less things to dirty.
Otherwise, here's other common tools you'll need:
- Strainer - if you're not using the spider skimmer/spatula
- Medium Frying Pan - to sauté the chard.
- Large pot
How do I store this recipe? Can I freeze it?
You can absolutely store this in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days in the fridge, or freeze in the same container for up to 1 month. The chard will likely "stain" or leave marks on the egg noodles or pasta but it is entirely fine to eat.
Cooking the pasta to al dente will keep the pasta from falling apart, and gives the pasta a nice bite when eaten. Also, don't forget to salt the water while it boils! It helps give the pasta flavor from the inside out.
Hungry for More?
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Easy and Quick Buttered Noodles with Swiss Chard Recipe
- 1 pot
- 1 strainer
- 1 frying pan
- 1 large bunch swiss chard rinsed and chopped
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tbs butter
- 1 cup egg noodles
- Begin by chopping the chard into smaller pieces, similar to cutting lettuce, then set aside. In a medium sauté pan, add in two tablespoons of oil, then add in the chard.1 large bunch swiss chard, 2 tablespoon olive oil
- Sauté for 5-7 minutes on medium heat, then turn off the heat once the chard has wilted.1 large bunch swiss chard
- Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the egg noodles (or noodles of choice). Cook until al dente, then strain and add back to the pot.1 cup egg noodles
- Add the tablespoons of butter to the egg noodles and mix to melt. Top with salt and pepper and continue to stir until the butter has fully melted.4 tbs butter, salt, pepper
- To the egg noodles, add in the swiss chard and toss to combine. Serve.