Oodles of Noodles


2¾ cups Penne pasta, whole-wheat, dry (11 oz)

1 ½ Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

2 ¼ cups Fresh grape tomatoes, halved

1 ½ tsp Dried basil

¾ tsp Sea salt

¼ tsp Ground black pepper

1 Tbsp Fresh garlic, minced

3 Tbsp Whole-wheat flour

2 L cups Low-sodium vegetable broth

4 cups Fresh Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped


1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Gradually stir in pasta and return to a boil. Cook uncovered for about 8-10 minutes until tender. Do not overcook. Drain well.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of tomatoes and cook 2-3 minutes until skins soften. Do not overcook. Reserve remaining tomatoes for step 4. Add basil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir.

3. Sprinkle flour over tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds over medium heat until mixture becomes thick. Add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce to low heat.

4. Add Swiss chard and remaining tomatoes. Simmer uncovered over low heat for 1-2 minutes or until Swiss

chard is wilted. Pour over pasta. Serve hot.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Makes six 1-cup servings - 1 Cup provides 1/4 cup vegetables, 2oz equivalent grains

Courtesy USDA

Lincoln JuniorHigh School

Skokie Illinois


The Karamu Nutrition Program (KNP) is the largest and one of the fastest growing non-profit food program sponsors in Tennessee. Karamu’s founder and Executive Director, Dr. Vera Corley-Sims, is a retired childcare provider and a nationally known advocate for provider and children’s causes.


Karamu is a provider friendly organization which has built a strong reputation of treating its providers with respect and courtesy; Dr. Vera will have it no other way!


Karamu’s mission is to provide a variety of services for childcare providers. However, our core service is CACFP sponsorship. In fact, Dr. Vera originally founded Karamu to serve as a CACFP sponsor.

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Suite 900

Memphis, TN 38112


phone: 901.327.8401 

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