Swiss chard, chick peas and mint

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 0 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 4-6


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

2 onions, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

2 generous pinches chilli flakes

600g swiss chard, leaves roughly torn and stems cut into 1cm lengths

3 tbsp tomato purée

150ml dry white wine

2 x 400g cans chick peas, drained and rinsed

½ lemon, juice

2 handfuls mint leaves


1. Heat the oil; add the onions, garlic, celery and chilli flakes. Season and sweat for 5 minutes; add the chard stems and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato purée, cook for 1 minute; add the wine and bubble until reduced.

2. Add the chick peas, chard leaves and 150ml water. Season, then cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and all but a few mint leaves. Serve, with mint leaves, a splash more olive oil, and couscous, if liked.