Everything about Red Chard and a recipe

Red Chard is a baby-leaf which belongs to the Chenopodiaceae’s family, it originates from Mediterranean lagoon, and it has a herbaceous stem and big green leaves which present central veins, highly red-coloured.

This plant contains vitamins, fibres, folic acid, and mineral salts, and therefore it is highly appreciated. Red Chard is an excellent relief from constipation; it has depurative and stimulating properties on the lymphatic system, the digestive system, and the muscular system.

This baby-leaf vegetable is sweet and contains 25 calories per 100 grams. It can be served with every dish thanks to its flavour; it can be eaten both cooked and raw.

Red Chard Gnocchi with tomato sauce

Ingredients

  • 300 grams of ricotta cheese

  • 40 grams of Parmesan

  • 200 grams of all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg

  • 20 Red Chard leaves

  • Fresh basil q.s.

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 tomato sauce bottle

  • Salt, extra virgin olive oil, pepper q.s.

 

Method

Start preparing the tomato sauce. Brown the garlic clove in a pan and add the tomato sauce, salt and some basil leaves. Cook on a low heat for about 20 minutes and, when cooked, put aside and let cool.

Now, prepare the dough: pour the ricotta cheese in a large bowl and strain it, add the Red Chard leaves, Parmesan, the egg, salt, and the flour a little at a time. Knead the dough with hands until it becomes soft. At this point, make some rolls and then cut them to make gnocchi.

Cook in boiling water, adding some extra virgin olive oil. When they rise to the surface, remove the gnocchi from the water and drain them well. At this point, transfer the gnocchi to a wide saucepan with some tomato sauce already in it. Add some extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan. Put the saucepan in the oven that has been heated before at 200 C° and bake for 7/8 minutes.

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