Oodles of Noodles

6 servings
For 25 & 50 servings, see Recipe notes below.

CACFP Home Childcare Crediting Information

1 cup provides:

  • ¼ cup vegetable, and 2 oz equivalent grains.


Oodles of Noodles

2¾ 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 ⅓ cups  Low-sodium vegetable broth
4 cups  Fresh Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped

Oodles of Noodles Directions

  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.


Source: Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools (USDA).

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