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Rach wanted to help Bob Harper, host of The Biggest Loser, find new ways to cook nutrient-packed rainbow chard—Umami Spaghetti is her tasty solution.
Heat a large pot of water, 5 to 6 quarts, to a boil for pasta.
Stem the chard and chop the stems. Coarsely shred the greens.
Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat with EVOO and melt the anchovies into the oil. Add the chard stems, season with salt and pepper and soften a few minutes, add shallots, garlic, capers and stir a minute or 2 more. Add chili paste and tomato paste, stir 30 seconds, then add vermouth or wine. Stir a minute and add stock, reduce heat to low and simmer.
Salt cooking water and cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions.
Wilt greens into sauce a few handfuls at a time.
Reserve about ¾ cup pasta water. Drain pasta and return to hot pot. Add greens and sauce, a little extra EVOO and cheese, toss with tongs 1 minute, and add more water if needed to keep pasta loose. Pass with more cheese at table.