What’s For Dinner: Swiss Chard Lasagna with Ricotta and Mushrooms

The perfect comfort food to kick-off the long weekend.  This one gets a thumbs up from all the boys.  Swiss chard for kids.  Who knew?


Ingredients

Béchamel sauce

  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Turkish bay leaf
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves

Swiss chard and mushroom layers

  • 1 pound Swiss chard, center rib and stem cut from each leaf
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped onion
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Lasagna

  • 9 7×3-inch lasagna noodles
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce container whole-milk ricotta cheese (preferably organic), divided
  • 6 ounces Italian Fontina cheese, coarsely grated (about 11/2 cups packed), divided
  • 8 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Preparation

Béchamel sauce

  • Bring milk and bay leaf to simmer in medium saucepan; remove from heat. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and whisk to blend. Cook 2 minutes, whisking almost constantly (do not let roux brown). Gradually whisk milk with bay leaf into roux. Add 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, nutmeg, and cloves and bring to simmer. Cook until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, whisking often, about 3 minutes. Remove bay leaf. DO AHEAD Béchamel sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface and chill. Remove plastic and rewarm sauce before using, whisking to smooth.

Swiss chard and mushroom layers

  • Blanch chard in large pot of boiling salted water 1 minute. Drain, pressing out all water, then chop coarsely. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, half of garlic, and crushed red pepper. Sauté until onion is tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Mix in chard and season to taste with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining garlic. Sauté until mushrooms are brown and tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Mix in nutmeg and season with coarse salt and pepper.

Lasagna

  • Cook noodles in medium pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain; arrange noodles in single layer on sheet of plastic wrap.
  • Brush 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with oil to coat. Spread 3 tablespoons béchamel sauce thinly over bottom of dish. Arrange 3 noodles in dish to cover bottom (2 side by side lengthwise, then 1 crosswise). Spread half of chard mixture over pasta, then half of mushrooms. Drop half of ricotta over in dollops and spread in even layer. Sprinkle with half of Fontina, then 4 tablespoons Parmesan; spread 3/4 cup béchamel over. Repeat layering with 3 noodles, remaining chard, mushrooms, ricotta, Fontina, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup béchamel. Cover with 3 noodles and remaining béchamel. DO AHEADCan be made 2 hours ahead. Cover with foil. Let stand at room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake lasagna covered 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until heated through and top is golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe by Melissa Clark

Photograph by Gentl and Hyers

Bon Appetit Magazine January 2011

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