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Michael Romano of the Union Square Cafe creates this scrumptious tart wrapped in a custard, topped with cheese, and filled with vegetables.

  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, April 1998


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups cut into 1/8 inch rounds and rinsed well leeks, white and light green parts only,
  • 14 cups green Swiss chard, ribs removed and coarsely chopped
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sheep's milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo or Cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush a 3-quart baking dish with 1 teaspoon olive oil; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks; cook slowly until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove leeks; drain in a colander. Transfer to a medium bowl to cool. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to Dutch oven; repeat cooking and draining process with celery. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to Dutch oven, and repeat cooking and draining process with Swiss chard.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream, ricotta, Aleppo pepper, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Whisk until well combined.

  3. Add cooked vegetables to egg mixture; thoroughly combine. Pour into prepared baking dish. Spread evenly; cover with foil. Pull a rack out of the oven, and set a roasting pan on top; fill pan with 2 inches warm water. Place baking dish in roasting pan; slide rack back into oven. Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; continue baking until set, about 20 minutes.

  4. Heat broiler. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano over the tortino. Place under broiler until lightly browned. Cut into squares, and serve warm.

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