Spaghetti with duck confit and chard



30 min


50 min


4 Servings

Spaghetti with duck confit and chard

Spaghetti with duck confit and chard recipe Photo, Roberto Caruso

Inspired by the charming town of Parma, this richly flavoured pasta means you can have a taste of Italy at home tonight!


  • 375-g pkg whole-wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 cup no-salt chicken broth
  • 6 cups chopped swiss chard , leaves only
  • 3 tomatoes , chopped
  • 2 confit duck legs , with thighs (skin removed, shredded)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan


  • COOK pasta in a large pot of boiling water, following package directions but omitting salt, until almost al dente, 7 to 8min.
  • MELT butter in a large frying pan over medium-high. Add oil, then onion. Stir often until onion starts to brown, about 4 min. Stir in marjoram and thyme. Add wine and cook until absorbed, about 2 min. Pour in broth. Stir in chard, tomatoes and duck. Cook until chard wilts, 4 to 5 min. Stir in pasta. Season with fresh pepper. Transfer to a platter. Sprinkle with parmesan.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 646,
  • Protein
  • 37 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 90 g,
  • Fat
  • 19 g,
  • Fibre
  • 15 g,
  • Sodium
  • 871 mg.
  • Excellent source of
  • Vitamin B6

Shopping Tip: Confit is a cooking method where meat is cooked in its own fat with herbs and spices over low heat until very tender. It’s cooled and stored in a container completely submerged in fat. To eat, the fat is removed and the meat is placed in a hot pan until it’s warmed through and the skin is crisp. Some supermarkets (like Longo’s) carry duck confit.

All about cooking pasta! Italians cook pasta in lots of boiling water seasoned very generously with salt. It’s important to use a large pot so the pasta can cook without sticking to itself. Never add oil to the pasta water. At Chatelaine, we always test recipes and perform nutritional analyses without salting the water (in order to cut down on overall sodium). If you are watching your sodium intake, omit salt; if not, feel free to salt the cooking water!