4 servings
15 minutes prep, 10 minutes cooking, 25 minutes total
Chard grows easily. How gratifying that it's cut-and-come-again. If you have a plot for chard, you learn to harvest a huge quantity and steam an enormous potful at once. Then you drain and cool the much-reduced clump of greens, squeeze out the water, and form softball-size balls. What a boon for the cook. You can freeze these balls individually in plastic wrap. They're then ready for soups or this very typical saut é. Always use most of the stems, cut into small hunks. Kale works just as well in this recipe.


  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons vin santo or orange juice
  • 2 large bunches chard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


1. Soak the raisins for 15 minutes in the 2 tablespoon vin santo or orange juice.

2. Cut off the tough ends of the chard stems, and then slice the rest into 1-inch pieces. Steam the chard until the leaves are limp, about 7 minutes. Cool, squeeze out the excess water, then coarsely chop the chard and set it aside.

3. In a large skillet over medium heat (while the chard is steaming), cook the stems in the olive oil with the onion for 5 minutes, or until the stems are al dente. Add them to the cooked chard leaves and season with salt and pepper. Mix in the peel, raisins, vin santo, and pine nuts. Cook, covered, on medium-low heat, for 2 to 3 minutes to heat through.

From The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen by Frances Mayes and Edward Mayes (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., 2012). Copyright © 2012 by Frances Mayes and Edward Mayes. Photographs copyright © 2012 by Steven Rothfeld. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of the publisher.