Donna Hay’s super green lasagne

I find it easiest to blanch the kale leaves in a large saucepan. Simply cover them with boiling water and allow to stand for 1 minute. Once you’ve drained them, arrange the leaves flat on a tray or board so they’re ready to layer into the lasagne as you need them.

Donna Hay super green lasagne
Con Poulos

SERVES 8

1 leek, trimmed, halved lengthways and shredded
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1kg fresh ricotta
250ml milk
120g finely grated parmesan
1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
sea salt and cracked black pepper
600g kale (about 12 stalks), stems removed, leaves blanched
960g Swiss chard (about 12 stalks), stems removed, leaves blanched
450g fresh lasagne sheets
220g fresh mozzarella, torn

BROCCOLI PESTO 

500g broccoli florets (about 2 heads)
60g basil leaves
80g pine nuts
2 cloves garlic, crushed
60ml lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Lightly oil a 24cm x 38cm 4-litre-capacity baking dish. Place the leek and oil in a small bowl and toss to coat.

2. To make the broccoli pesto, place the broccoli, basil, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor and process until fine. Add the lemon juice and oil and process into a pesto. 

3. Place the ricotta and milk in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add half the parmesan, the lemon rind, salt and pepper and mix to combine. 

4. Line the base of the dish with half the kale and half the Swiss chard. Top with a layer of lasagne sheets, trimming to fit. Spread with half the pesto. Cover with lasagne sheets then spread with half the ricotta mixture. Cover with lasagne sheets. Repeat the layering, using the remaining greens, lasagne sheets and pesto, finishing with the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with the mozzarella, the remaining parmesan and the leek. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.

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