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Vegan Pasta with Swiss Chard and Shitaki Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Posted on 3rd of May, 2010 by Lévana


I love to use soba noodles for this Vegan pasta with Swiss chard and Shitaki. My powerhouse pasta main course! Soba noodles are delightful, low in gluten and high in flavor. They pack in lots of flavor and nutrition, are delicious and a snap to prepare, a most welcome change from the same old same old pasta. My Pasta with Swiss chard is overlaid with Asian flavors; the lineup of flavors is fabulous, with the Swiss chard, shitaki, ginger and seaweed. Do try your best to get the seaweed, it imparts a funky briny flavor to the dish.

No problem making this pasta with Swiss chard gluten-free, using quinoa or rice pasta; only please watch the pasta cooking time, as gluten-free pasta cooks much more briefly than wheat-based pasta.


1 pound noodles (Gluten-Free OK)

1/3 cup toasted sesame oil

8 cloves garlic, minced

2-inch piece ginger, grated

1 large bunch Swiss chard, stems and leaves, thinly sliced

1 pound shitaki mushrooms, stems discarded, sliced

1/4 cup hijiki or other dry seaweed (health food stores), soaked in warm water to cover

Nice handful soy bean sprouts, optional

1 bunch scallions, sliced very thin

3-4 tablespoons soy sauce

2-3 tablespoons bottled hot sauce


Bring water to boil in a large pot, with a little salt and a little oil. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Save 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and reserve.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, just one minute. Add the Swiss chard and shitaki and sauté until all liquids evaporate, 3-4 minutes. Add the reserved cooked noodles, saved cooking liquid, seaweed, sprouts, scallions, soy sauce, and cook until just heated through, stirring to combine. Serve hot or at room temperature. 6 to eight servings.

Filed under: Asian Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Gluten-free pasta recipes, Kosher Natural Foods, Kosher Recipes, Low Gluten Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Recipes, Shitaki Recipes, Swiss Chard Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

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4 Questions

  1. Rachel, on Said:

    Everything’s good on my end. I was able to access the Farfalle recipe – and now I know what I’m making for dinner! Thank you for getting back to me.

    Take care and Yom Tovah!

  2. Rachel, on Said:

    Hello Chef. Levana,

    May I first say that I love your facebook page and recipes. They make me passionate about cooking and have made me a better cook. Thank you for that! :)

    Everytime I click on the “Farfalle with Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil” link from the recipe index, the page goes to “Soba Noodles with Swiss Chard and Shitaki” instead. I think there might be something wrong with the link.

    Thanks for your time!

    • Lévana, on Said:

      thanks so much Rachel! I always hear this with great pleasure. thanks for letting me know about the link. I found a little pile-on right around that link. All fixed. Please confirm it’s good to go on your end. You’ll love that recipe!