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Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon zest, garlic chips, and toasted bread crumbs is vegan, gluten-free adaptable and can be made in 30 minutes flat!

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

Chard has a flavor uniquely its own – tangy, earthy, pungent, and slightly salty and bitter – it adds a delicious complexity to everyday dishes. This Garlicky Chard Pasta is vegan, gluten-free adaptable, full of flavor and can be made in 30 minutes flat!

It utilizes an entire bunch of chard-packed full of antioxidants,  anti-inflammatory agents and blood sugar stabilizers, but as I said, it’s the flavor that really stands out here.

The health benefits of chard are just the icing on the cake. Feel free to use gluten-free pasta and gluten-free toasted bread crumbs. For heartier eaters or added richness add grated pecorino or parmesan. Chili flakes are a nice addition too.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

What to serve with Garlicky Chard Pasta

Chard is in season from June until August, and young chard is especially tasty and loves to be paired with lemony dressings. Branch out and give it a try this week!

How to make Garlicky Chard Pasta

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

Saute the onion and shallot in olive oil until fragrant and golden. Add the chard and gently wilt.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

Add the cooked pasta and lemon zest.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

For added texture, toast bread crumbs in a little olive oil with an optional clove of garlic for extra garlic flavor.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

And top the pasta with the toasted bread crumbs.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

It all comes together easily and quickly.

Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon and toasted bread crumbs- a healthy vegan 30 minute meal. |

A tasty vegan meal, perfect for weeknight dinners.

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Garlicky Chard Pasta with lemon zest and toasted bread crumbs- a fast and flavorful vegan meal!

Garlicky Chard Pasta with Toasted Bread Crumbs

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Vegan
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


Linguini tossed with an entire bunch of wilted chard, garlic, lemon and toasted bread crumbs with optional chili flakes and pecorino cheese. A  healthy 30 minute vegetarian meal full of flavor!


Units Scale
  • 4 ounces dry pasta- linguini, spaghetti, etc.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves,rough chopped
  • 1 shallot- finely sliced
  • 1 bunch chard – chopped, stems separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • optional toppings: chili flakes, toasted pine nuts, pecorino cheese

Toasted Bread Crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup bread- crumbled and torn
  • 2 garlic cloves- sliced (optional)


  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions. Drain, and save 1 cup of hot pasta water.
  2. At the same time, wilt the chard. In an extra-large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and shallot and sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring, until fragrant and golden. Add chard stems first, and sauté for 2 minutes, then add the rest of chard, gently wilting (add a little splash of pasta water or white wine if dry). Turn heat off.
  3. Make the garlic chips & toasted bread crumbs—heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. For extra garlic flavor, add sliced garlic and saute until golden crispy. Set aside. Add torn and crumbled bread crumbs and gently toast, stirring often until golden and crisp. Set aside.
  4. Combine.  Add the cooked pasta to the wilted chard along with the lemon zest, salt and pepper, heating up gently. Toss well, adding a little pasta water to loosen it just a bit. Add a drizzle  olive oil , just enough to lightly coat the noodles.
  5. Taste for salt, add a squeeze of lemon juice if you like and adjust both to taste.
  6. Serve: Divide among two bowls and sprinkle with optional chili flakes, garlic chips & toasted bread crumbs. Dust with pecorino, or leave the cheese off and keep it vegan. 🙂


This would be tasty with Simple Baked Chicken or Salmon overtop- or keep it vegan on its own or with Crispy tofu.  🙂


  • Serving Size: - with the addition of toasted bread crumbs, but no cheese.
  • Calories: 410
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 65.5 mg
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.6 g
  • Fiber: 3.3 g
  • Protein: 8.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. This was excellent. A “bunch” of chard = 1 pound? We had 1.25 pounds and decided to go with it. It worked just fine. Our pan was a bit small, so we used our usual method of wilting greens: put them (chopped) in the colander and drain the hot pasta water over them. Then into the main pan. Anyway, the whole thing came together nicely, although we’re airing out the house because the garlic smell is rather intense an hour later. A new favorite for chard.

  2. This was excellent, simple yet very flavorful, used a large bunch of chard from my CSA box. Next time I will save some of the pasta water so I can cut down on the oil. My husband topped his with Parmesan cheese, I used nutritional yeast as a topper to keep it vegan.

  3. Simply delicious! My whole family liked it. The toasted bread crumbs really set the dish off. I added the juice of a whole lemon at the end. Thanks!

  4. This was so incredible!!! Did not need to tinker at all with the exception of using way less breadcrumbs. Just 1 tablespoon per bowl was more than enough and added the perfect crunch. I was scared the garlic would be overwhelming but was so perfect. Will definitely be repeating.

  5. This may be the most delicious pasta recipe in the world. It sounds like too much garlic – IT’S NOT. It sounds like too much lemon zest – IT’S NOT. I added a little Parmesan cheese on top with the breadcrumbs. Will make this again (and again)!!

  6. So simple and so good! The breadcrumbs added a nice crunch. I added some diced rotisserie chicken to the pasta.

  7. I absolutely LOVED this dish. Delicious!!! I topped it off with a piece of baked tilapia for some added protein. My husband really enjoyed it as well. It will be made again in this house!

  8. Though I could probably estimate, I don’t actually see what amount of pasta to cook(?). Any suggestions so I get a good chard to pasta ratio? Totally making this over the weekend because it looks delicious!

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