Oodles of Noodles: Kid pleasing top recipe from school lunch competition

Submitted by Chef Batsy Bentivegna and students, community members and school nutritionists from Lincoln Junior High School, Skokie, Illinois.

Recipe: Oodles of Noodles

  • 2 ¾ cups penne pasta, whole-wheat, dry (11 oz)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ¼ cups fresh grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ tsp dried basil
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp whole-wheat flour
  • 2 1/3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups fresh Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped
    1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Gradually stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook uncovered for about 8-10 minutes until tender. Do not overcook. Drain well.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of tomatoes and cook 2-3 minutes until skins soften. Do not overcook. Reserve remaining tomatoes for step 4. Add basil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir.
    3. Sprinkle flour over tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds over medium heat until mixture becomes thick. Add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to low heat.
    4. Add Swiss chard and remaining tomatoes. Simmer uncovered over low heat for 1-2 minutes or until Swiss chard is wilted. Pour over pasta. Serve hot.
    Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Amount: Makes six 1-cup servings (1 cup provides 1/8 cup red/orange vegetable, 1/8 cup other vegetable, and 2 oz equivalent grains).
      Nutrients Per Serving:
      Calories 235, Protein 9 g, Carbohydrate 43 g, Dietary Fiber 5 g, Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Vitamin A 1519 IU (76 RAE), Vitamin C 15 mg, Iron 5 mg, Calcium 50 mg, Sodium 323 mg.