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Pasta and Greens Torte

Oxmoor House
Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 28 mins
Other time 10 mins
Yield 6 to 8 servings
A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is in order for this impressive deep-dish entrée.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Swiss chard*
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (9-oz.) package refrigerated linguine, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Italian blend cheese

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 qt. water to a boil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven.

  2. While water comes to a boil, remove and discard stems and ribs from chard. Coarsely chop leaves. Wash chard thoroughly in cold water; drain well. Process eggs and next 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth.

  3. Add chard leaves and pasta to boiling water. Return water to a boil; boil 1 minute. Drain well, pressing out excess moisture from chard with the back of a spoon. Return pasta and greens to pan; toss until blended.

  4. Brush a 10" cast-iron skillet with olive oil. Arrange pasta and greens in skillet; sprinkle with cheese. Pour egg mixture over cheese, pressing to submerge pasta and greens in liquid.

  5. Place skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to hot oven. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until golden and set. Let stand 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter, if desired, and cutting into wedges.

  6. *It's easier to prepare greens if you chop or tear them first before cleaning in several washings of cold water. Drain well between washings, and finish with a whirl in a salad spinner to remove sandy grit.

Christmas with Southern Living 2008