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Genoese chard cake, a typical product of Liguria

Genoese chard pie

The Genoese chard pie is a typical Genoa savory pie prepared with crazy pasta, chard and prescinseua.

When it comes to savory pies , there is no region like Liguria that can satisfy our requests. Take for example the Genoese chard pie: not only is it delicious and simple to prepare, but the chard-based filling is added raw. That’s right, you got it right. Therefore, you will hardly find a faster recipe than Ligurian chard pie.

Also known as turta de gee, it is the most classic Genoese savory pie, the one that is on sale in all delicatessens always the same as itself. The filling is made up of chard which, as mentioned, are added raw, and prescinseua , a curdled cheese with a sour taste typical of the area. As it is really hard to find outside the region, we will also give you some pointers on how to replace it. Ready to go to work?

Genoese chard pie
Genoese chard pie

How to prepare the recipe for the Genoese chard pie

  1. First, prepare the crazy dough , that is the wrapper of the savory pie. Combine the flour, a tablespoon of oil, a pinch of salt and the water in a bowl and knead until you get a smooth dough. Let it rest for 30 minutes under an inverted bowl.
  2. Divide the dough into four equal loaves and roll them out as thin as possible.
  3. Grease a 30 cm diameter pan and roll out the first sheet. Lightly oil it, distributing it with your hands and cover with a second sheet.
  4. Spread the chard, sprinkle with two tablespoons of flour which will be used to absorb the humidity released during cooking, and add salt.
  5. Mix ricotta and yogurt (or 500 g of prescinseua) with two tablespoons of oil and a pinch of salt and spread it all over the vegetables.
  6. Cover with a sheet, oil it and finally place the last one. Roll the edges of the sheets together to seal them, oil the surfaces one last time and bake at 200 ° C for 45 minutes. We advise you to let the rustic to cool before serving.

We also recommend trying the Torta Pasqualina , another typical recipe from Liguria.


The chard cake can be kept in the refrigerator wrapped in silver paper for 2-3 days. We advise you to consume it at room temperature.

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