Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake

by Erin

This three cheese baked pasta cake with Swiss chard is so easy to prepare the most difficult part is deciding for which meal to serve it!

Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake 2

The secret’s out! This month for the Secret Recipe Club I cooked from Karen’s blog, Lavender and Lovage. She had so many creative recipes I didn’t know how I was going to pick just one! With things such as her Pumpkin, Kale and Walnut Galette with Pancetta and Onion Jam and Shaker Lemon Pie, I bookmarked several recipes. Actually, I had planned on making two recipes including Kentish Cherry Batter Pudding but sadly my cherries went bad while I was away for a weekend. Never fear, this pasta bake cake is here to save the day.

Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake 1

The three cheeses part of the title is what originally drew me to this recipe but the cheeses come in a slightly different variety than you may expect. The three are cream cheese, cottage cheese, and Parmesan. While on it’s own I am not a big fan of cottage cheese (it’s a texture thing), the combination with the other two is on point, especially with the Swiss chard. While this creamy pasta bake was suggested as a light lunch option served with a side salad, I decided to serve it for brunch with a side of cubed mango. It has eggs in it so it can totally pass for breakfast-y food, right?

Three Cheese and Swiss Chard Pasta Bake Cake 3

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Serves 6-8


250 g (8.8 oz.) whole wheat penne pasta

350 g (1 bunch) fresh Swiss chard, trimmed and roughly chopped (about 3 cups)

4 eggs, lightly beaten

300g (10.5 oz.) low fat cottage cheese

150g (5.2 oz.) reduced fat cream cheese

100g (3.5 oz.) grated Parmesan cheese, plus some extra for the topping

1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9″ spring-form pan with parchment paper and set aside (could also use a 9-inch baking pan).
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the penne pasta for 10 minutes, add the chard and blanch for 2 additional minutes, then drain in a colander.
  3. Put the pasta, chard, and all of the other ingredients into a large bowl and mix well, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon into the prepared pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the pasta bake cake has set and is golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing. Cut into wedges and serve warm.

Source: Adapted slightly from Lavender and Lovage.


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Tara August 1, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Yum! I’m always looking for more ways to use swiss chard. This looks perfect. Great pick!

Bean July 29, 2015 - 6:29 pm

Yum! My mom used to make a similar macaroni and cheese bake when I was a kid, but this is the adult sofisticated version!

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook July 28, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Your pasta bake turned out beautifully, sounds great, too!

Rebekah @ Making Miracles July 28, 2015 - 10:40 am

YUMM!! I need to make this – I don’t even know if I’ve ever had swiss chard… must change!

Christie July 28, 2015 - 6:26 am This looks INSANE! Now, I just need to find some chard so I can make this for our next #meatfree meal!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories July 27, 2015 - 11:25 pm

Be still my heart. That slice with the pasta is amazing!! Pinned!

Susan July 27, 2015 - 8:19 pm

This sounds absolutely yummy. Saved to my recipe file!

Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines July 27, 2015 - 8:03 pm

Reminds me of spaghetti pie my mom used to make when I was younger!
I love it:)
Happy Reveal Day~

Melissa July 27, 2015 - 7:41 pm

The “three cheese” drew me in, too! This dish looks delicious! Great pick this month :)

SallyBR July 27, 2015 - 2:55 pm

This is comfort food at its very very best!

I’ve always wanted to make a recipe like this one, but so far just drooled over photos… very amazing concoction!

Happy Reveal Day!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm July 27, 2015 - 12:48 pm

I just happen to have some swiss chard in the fridge and nothing scheduled for next weeks Meatless Monday meal. Thanks for sharing.

Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen July 27, 2015 - 6:32 am

This looks like fun! Delicious and yummy pasta cake!

Karen July 27, 2015 - 6:32 am

THANKS so much for your kind words and wonderful recipe post Erin! You have made one of my all time favourite recipes and yours lools really wonderful too! Karen


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