Secret Recipe Reveal: Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta

It is Secret Recipe Club time again....can I get a whoop whoop! One of the things I love about this group is it challenges me to try new recipes, and with the busyness of our lives lately, actually challenges me to cook...something new. Each month we are assigned a "secret blog" to stalk and find a recipe we want to make and reveal on our given day. It's really a lot of fun.

This month I had The Wimpy Vegetarian (don't you just love that name?). Susan is a beautiful woman who gave herself a gift after many years working in business and decided to enroll in cooking school (um, how cool is that..and how brave). Check out her about me page for more of the inside scoop into her life.

I pinned several recipes to try, but I'm a die hard pasta fan, (I am half Italian after all), so I chose one of those to make. Not only do I love pasta, but I LOVE ricotta cheese (remember the 1/2 Italian part), yah, I can eat the stuff out of the container. So...when I found a recipe that combined pasta, and ricotta, oh, and let's not forget BACON, I was sold!

Her recipe for Swiss Chard (which I also like) and Lemon and Ricotta Pasta was the winner-winner-chicken-dinner! My oldest was having her boyfriend over and as she considered what I was making said "maybe you can heat up some regular spaghetti sauce cuz I don't know if he'll eat this".....yah, he ate it, so I guess it was a hit. 

What I loved about this is that I really think it is very could maybe add some other vegetable to it, or another meat option, but I loved it as it was. I made more of the sauce, because, well, I love sauce too. I wasn't sure how much this would serve so I just kind of winged it with some of the amounts (pasta), what I knew would make enough for everyone.

Okay, on to the recipe.

Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta
from The Wimpy Vegetarian


3 c. raw swiss chard, sliced, chopped, whatever, stems included
2 handfuls dried spaghetti noodles
2 strips bacon cut in to 1/4" slices (optional)..why did she put bacon and optional in the same, and well, I used more than that.
1/2 large shallot minced
olive oil as needed
1/3 c. ricotta cheese
2 Tbs. parmesan cheese
zest from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch dried red pepper flakes...we put more was spicy..haha.


1. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Blanch the Swiss chard for 5 minutes. I actually placed my chard in a steamer basket that fits on top of the pan I used for the pasta.

2. Scoop out the chard, and drain well, squeezing out as much of the water as possible. Chop again and set aside. Again, I just steamed it so I didn't need to ring it out.

3. Keep the pot of water boiling, and add the spaghetti noodles. Follow the directions on the packet for making the spaghetti. Drain and set aside, retaining about 1 cup of liquid from cooking the noodles.

4. Fry bacon until just crispy. Add the shallot and saute until soft, adding olive oil if needed.

5. Add the Swiss chard and toss well to break up the chard clumps.

6. Combine the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses in a small bowl, and add the lemon zest, salt, and red pepper flakes. 

7. Add to the Swiss chard mixture in the saute pan and mix well.

8. Add cooked spaghetti, and some of the pasta water as needed.

9. Serve warm

So good, and yummy and comforting. Serve with some crusty bread and a gorgeous salad, and you're set. 

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With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. Oh this sounds GREAT!! I have more swiss chard in my garden than I know what to do with!! Well.... now I know what to do with it!! ;)

  2. This looks delicious! I am always looking for more ways to use swiss chard. I will definitely have to try this.

  3. I like your style...the more bacon, the better! This pasta sounds perfect! Great pick this month :)

  4. This pasta dish looks super good. I'm glad it was a hit with everyone at your house. I might have to make this next week since I have some ricotta cheese leftover in my fridge. Thanks for the great SRC post

  5. Yum! This pasta looks delicious! It's hard to go wrong with pasta, bacon and cheese!

  6. I'm so happy you liked this recipe!!!!! It's one of our favorites, and one I make a lot!! The bacon isn't optional for my husband either, LOL. Thank you so much for the lovely comments about me and my blog. It was nice to have you visiting my kitchen for awhile :-). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Yum!! This sounds soooo good! Definitely trying this =)

  8. I am all about pasta right now being pregnant. This looks amazing!!! The added veggies will make me feel good too.

  9. That sounds like a DIVINE meal - love it! Pasta and cheesy sauce make me happy, so this one is right up my alley. :D

  10. I think this recipe looks fantastic. I can't wait to try it. I might leave out the bacon and make it a Meatless Monday meal.

  11. Lovely! This look so creamy and delicious. :) Visiting from Group A!

  12. I am not half Italian, but give me ricotta and pasta and I am a happy woman! I would be delighted to have a bowl of this pasta for dinner tonight....

  13. I'm pretty sure I must have been Italian in a previous life, because this is exactly the kind of dish I would gravitate towards too. Pasta, ricotta, lemon and bacon - I'm completely sold. It's just coming into zucchini season here right now, which I'm thinking would be great in this dish. Excellent pick this month.


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