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Whole Wheat Penne With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms And Chard

Whole Wheat Penne With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms And Chard
Nicole Spiridakis for NPR /

I like to use whole-wheat pasta because of the added nutritional kick. If I've been hiking for more than a few miles, I like to treat my body to as many vegetables and grains as it can stand.

Makes 2 to 4 servings

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 cup chard or spinach

1/2 pound whole wheat penne

1 cube vegetable bouillon

3 tablespoons olive oil

At home: Boil a cup of water and add the tomatoes. Let steep, covered, for 10 minutes, then drain and put into a zip-top bag. Combine the onion, garlic, mushrooms, basil and oregano in another bag. Measure out the penne, and carry the chard separately.

In camp: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add the pasta and the vegetable bouillon and cook until al dente. Remove from heat and drain if necessary, reserving some of the cooking liquid in the pot.

In another pot, heat the olive oil and add the contents of the bag with the onion, garlic, mushrooms and dried herbs. Cook a few minutes. Lower the heat and add the chard and sun-dried tomatoes, stirring vigorously to wilt the greens. Remove from heat and stir into the pot containing the penne. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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