Giada De Laurentiis starts with putting half a box of whole-wheat pasta in boiling water. She fries up some onions with ground pepper. She then adds Swiss chard with salt and pepper. While the Swiss chard is cooking down, she prepares the garlic and red pepper to add some kick to the sauce. Next she throws in a can of chopped tomatoes in the pan to add sweetness and moisture.
She then pours in a quarter cup of white wine, “If it is good enough to drink, it is good enough to cook with.” Cook for five minutes with the lid on to lock in moisture and flavor. While that is cooking she chops up kalamata olives for fruity and rich flavor, “They are smooth in your mouth.”
Once the pasta is done, it gets stirred into pan with the vegetables. The dish is finished off with olives and pine nuts.