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Swiss Chard Italian Lasagna


* 1 lb lasagna noodles, uncooked
* 8 oz sweet Italian sausage
* 1 large yellow onion, diced
* 2 Tbsp chopped sun dried tomatoes, soaked in 4 Tbsp water
* 2 tsp dried crushed basil
* 4 cups (32 oz) tomato sauce
* 1/4 cup good dry red wine
* 1 large bunch fresh Swiss chard, trimmed, coarse chopped, washed
* 1 lb Ricotta
* 1 lb Mozzarella, shredded
* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
* salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a lasagna baking pan (about 9 1/2 x 14 if you have one; if not a 9x13.)
Note: you are using uncooked noodles in this lasagna. There is plenty of liquid to cook the noodles right in the dish.
2. Prepare the sauce: Break up or cut up the sausage small and put in skillet over medium-high heat and brown.
3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onion, cooking until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, along with the liquid they soaked in, and the basil, stir and cook for 1 minute.
5. Add the tomato sauce and red wine, bring just to a bubble, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
6. Prepare the Swiss chard: After trimming off all the stems, washing and chopping, wilt the leaves by quickly stir-frying them in a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat. Do not over cook, just cook until beginning to wilt, then remove and let drain in colander. (Do this in two batches if your skillet is too crowded.)
7. Put together lasagna in pan:
First layer: single layer noodles, 1/3 ricotta, 1/3 Swiss chard, 1/4 Parmesan, 1/4 sauce, 1/4 Mozzarella
Repeat: single layer noodles, 1/3 ricotta, 1/3 Swiss chard, 1/4 Parmesan, 1/4 sauce, 1/4 Mozzarella
Repeat: single layer noodles, 1/3 ricotta, 1/3 Swiss chard, 1/4 Parmesan, 1/4 sauce, 1/4 Mozzarella
Final layer: single layer noodles, 1/4 sauce, 1/4 Parmesan, 1/4 Mozzarella, sprinkle with a little dried basil if desired.
8. Cover the pan with aluminum foil, sealing well.
Bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Uncover and check to see if the liquid has been absorbed. If not, return to oven, covered loosely this time with the foil, and bake another 10 minutes, check again and cook an additional 5 minutes if the lasagna is still too watery. (Some liquid will absorb while it stands out to cool.)
9. Remove and let stand at room temperature, covered loosely with foil, for about 10 minutes to let the lasagna 'set up' so it won't fall apart when you cut it.


Why add Swiss chard to lasagna? Because it's so tasty and packed full of nutrition.

If you want to make this a vegetarian lasagna, you can omit the sausage. Just duplicate the flavors by stirring in a little crushed fennel seed and add a pinch of dried oregano and a little powdered or fresh garlic. If you want the texture of the sausage, you can saute some chopped Portabello mushroom which mimics the chewy bite of meat and sausage.

Have fun tweaking this recipe to your liking.

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