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Skillet Macaroni with Swiss Chard

Don’t think your family will eat chard? Then they haven’t tried this skillet macaroni yet.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings - 4 servings


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 10-12 Swiss chard leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups leftover spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings, if the sauce is mildly flavored
  • 12 oz elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups water, or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh veggies; as side dish


  • Add the olive oil to a 12 inch deep dish skillet and saute the chopped Swiss chard leaves for 2-3 minutes, or until bright green and soft.
  • Stir in the leftover spaghetti sauce and some Italian seasonings, if necessary.
  • Stir in 2 cups of hot water, along with the pasta noodles. Gently combine so the pasta noodles are under the liquid. Add more liquid, 1/4 cup at a time, until all the pasta is under the liquid.
  • Bring to bubbling, then cover tightly and cook over medium heat for 8- 10 minutes, stirring once.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, remove the skillet from the heat and uncover. Let sit for a few minutes and let the sauce thicken if necessary.
  • Prepare fresh veggies for side.
  • Toss in the Parmesan cheese and stir into the skillet pasta dinner.
  • Serve Skillet Macaroni with Swiss Chard and fresh veggies.