Individual Swiss Chard and Italian Sausage Lasagna

Individual Swiss Chard and Italian Sausage Lasagna
Photo: Yunhee Kim

To make this recipe as a single large lasagna in a 9-by-13-inch pan, cut the noodles into strips 4 inches wide and 13 inches long. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes, and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.


For the Filling

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, meat crumbled into small pieces

  • 3 shallots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices

  • 3 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves cut crosswise into ¼-inch strips

  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the Bechamel

  • ½ onion, cut into ¼-inch dice

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt

  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 ½ cups whole milk

  • Fresh Lasagna Noodles, (cut into 4-inch squares and cooked, or store-bought dried noodles, cooked and cut to size)

  • 8 ounces fontina cheese, grated (1 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the filling: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and cook, stirring, until golden and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer sausage to a paper-towel-lined plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium, and add shallots to drippings in pan. Cook, stirring often, until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add chard, and cook, stirring frequently, until just starting to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic, lemon zest, and salt, and season with pepper. Cook, stirring often, until chard wilts completely, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Transfer to a colander to drain.

  3. Make the bechamel: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, salt, and red-pepper flakes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, until incorporated. Bring to a boil, stirring often, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring gently and often, until thickened and creamy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Place a piece of parchment flush against the surface of sauce to prevent a skin from forming.

  4. Place 8 baking dishes that are 7 inches across and 1 1/2 inches deep on rimmed baking sheets. Spread 3 tablespoons of bechamel in each dish, and top with a noodle. Spread 3 tablespoons chard mixture evenly in each dish, then divide 1/2 of the sausage mixture among dishes (about cup each). Top each dish with 2 tablespoons bechamel, then a noodle. Repeat once with chard, sausage, bechamel, and another noodle. Top each with 2 tablespoons of bechamel. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons fontina.

  5. Bake until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbling, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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