Serves 6 / Make this light, versatile spring or summer pasta dish with any mixture of greens. Prep tip: If you're in a hurry, use low- or no-salt vegetable broth instead of making the fennel stock. Serving tips: Accompany with hunks of bread to soak up the delicious broth. Garnish with toasted or candied nuts.



  • 1 leek, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium bulb fennel, chopped
  • ¼ bunch parsley
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 cups water


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ pound Swiss chard, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 large tomato (8 ounces), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 cups barely cooked farfalle pasta (8 ounces uncooked)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Combine all stock ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until reduced to 2 cups, about 11/2 hours. Strain, pressing to extract liquid. Discard solids.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add chard, toss, and wilt for 2 minutes. Add garlic and tomato and toss for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups fennel stock, salt, and white pepper and bring to a boil. When boiling, add barely cooked pasta; reduce heat and toss until heated through. Add goat cheese; toss 2 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve in shallow bowls.

PER SERVING: 267 cal, 36% fat cal, 11g fat, 5g sat fat, 15mg chol, 10g protein, 33g carb, 2g fiber, 497mg sodium