Swiss chard is the cook’s companion and the gardener’s changeless friend. In an autumn chaotic with wind, prima and rain, of nary petrol, nary drivers and, sometimes, nary ingredients, chard is there, casual and speedy to turn successful beds, pots and model boxes and, arsenic soon arsenic you chopped it, it comes back, giving you leafage upon leaf, stalk upon stalk. Rainbow chard adds exuberant colour to your plate, portion achromatic chard has that subtle, saccharine flavour. It is each astir close now, and adds existent extent to this thoroughly delicious lasagne.
Swiss chard, pancetta, leek and ricotta lasagne
Look retired for chard with heavy stems, arsenic they springiness the lasagne a beauteous texture. I similar to marque a ample one, truthful I tin frost half, but halve the look if you’d similar capable to provender conscionable 4 to six.
Prep 15 min
Cook 1 hr 30 min
1kg Swiss chard
2 tbsp olive oil, positive other to drizzle
200g pancetta cubes
3 ail cloves, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp thyme leaves
3 leeks, trimmed, sliced and washed
Salt and achromatic pepper
2 ovum yolks
100g grated parmesan
200g creme fraiche
500g adust lasagne sheets
Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/390F/gas 6. Wash the chard and rip the leaves disconnected the stems. Cut the stems into 1cm-thick slices, past chopped the leaves into astir 2-3cm-wide ribbons (they volition wilt down and shrink successful the sauce).
Warm the olive lipid successful your largest casserole implicit a mean heat, past fry the pancetta for 5 to six minutes, until it begins to merchandise immoderate of its abdominous and begins to colour astir the edges. Add the ail and thyme, and navigator for 2 minutes more, until it is brushed and smelling fragrant. Add the leeks and chard stems, play good and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, until everything is soft.
Stir successful the chard leaves, inactive dripping with water, screen the cookware and steam for 3 to 5 minutes, until the leaves person wilted. Stir successful fractional the ricotta, 250ml h2o and play to taste.
Combine the remaining ricotta with the ovum yolks, 70g parmesan and creme fraiche successful a vessel and play generously.
Spread a 4th of the chard premix implicit the bottommost of a precise ample baking dish. Now furniture with uncooked lasagne sheets, the ricotta premix and much chard until you person 3 to 4 layers, finishing with the ricotta mix. Sprinkle implicit the remaining 30g parmesan, drizzle with a small oil, screen with foil, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for different 20 minutes, until aureate connected top.
Leave to chill somewhat earlier serving with a beauteous greenish salad.
The elemental flex…
You could permission retired the pancetta, but bump up the flavour by adding fennel to the leeks and nutmeg to the ricotta. There are respective bully cashew seed ricottas disposable now, too.
UK readers: click to bargain these ingredients from Ocado