Pasta with Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Malloreddus is a small Sardinian ridged pasta that is often flavored with saffron. It can be white, bright yellow or tricolored, and it pairs beautifully with the multicolored chard. Malloreddus is available by mail order from Dean & DeLuca, 800-999-0306.
A recipe with many diverse ingredients—this one includes sharp, distinctive chard, the curveball of Gorgonzola, carmelized garlic and lemon zest—needs a wine that is able to complement (not compete with) all of its flavors. Look for a Sauvignon Blanc. The naturally grassy quality of this grape matches the fresh green flavors of the chard, while its acidity cuts through the richness of the Gorgonzola and garlic. Look for a bottling from California, Australia or Argentina.