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Pasta with Pancetta, Swiss Chard and White Beans
Pasta e fagioli, or pasta and beans, is a classic Italian combination and the name of the hearty, rustic soup that features those ingredients. We combine the two in a simple, satisfying one-skillet pasta dish. Pancetta, Swiss chard, tomatoes, pepper flakes and pecorino round out the meal and bring loads of flavor. Simmered directly in the sauce rather than boiled separately in water, the pasta absorbs the seasonings so each piece is flavorful from surface to center. Curly cavatappi and frilly campanelle are our favorite pasta shapes for this recipe, as they do a great job of catching the beans and chard leaves.
tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
ounces pancetta, finely chopped