Rainbow Chard Soufflé

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I was lucky enough to pick up 2 packets of Rainbow Chard for pennies on one of my recent bargain shops; it’s becoming like a lucky dip and I never know what I’ll come home with! I’ve never been one for planning my meals for the whole week so having to come up with new recipes lead by the ingredients is suiting just fine – it’s a little like my own version of Ready, Steady, Cook! Anyway I did my usual shout out on Facebook for some inspiration but this time there wasn’t much to be had. I’d never cooked or even eaten chard before so after a good think I decided to make a soufflé based on a recipe I once cooked over 20 years ago. It was a recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soufflé from Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course (this was my bible when I first got married) but at the time I had a complete brain freeze and made it with sprouts instead (it was shortly after Christmas). It was only as I was serving it to hubby that I burst out laughing realising my mistake! But mistake or not it was really good so it didn’t matter – I still haven’t tried it with broccoli and that was the last time I made a soufflé!

So fast forward to my new take on this recipe, Rainbow Chard Soufflé, it worked really well and the colour – well Kermit would be proud! The recipe serves 4 (or 2 hungry adults) but I would pad it out with some cold meats or bacon if you’re a meat eater or maybe some crusty bread if you’re not. Not only is this soufflé delicious but it nutrient packed too as chard is an excellent source of vitamins A, K and C as well as various minerals and fibre!

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Rainbow Chard Soufflé
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A delicious vibrant green Rainbow Chard Soufflé packed with nutrients and flavour!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 - 4
  • 400g Rainbow Chard, chopped
  • 60g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30g Plain flour
  • 25g Butter
  • 150 mls Milk
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Extra egg whites
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan (or finely grated Cheddar which I used)
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and place a roasting tin with 4 cm of hot water in there.
  2. Butter a 1 litre soufflé dish.
  3. Boil the chard for 6 minutes or until tender.
  4. Squeeze all the water out (I used my potato ricer).
  5. Blend the chard to form a puree (I used a stick blender).
  6. Put the milk, butter and flour in a pan over a medium heat and whisk until you have a smooth glossy paste.
  7. Add the cheddar and beat until it melts.
  8. Put the chard puree and cheese paste in a bowl and mix in the cayenne, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  10. Next separate the eggs and add 2 of the yolks to the chard mixture and mix in.
  11. In a large, clean, greaseless bow beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks (don't over whisk).
  12. Add 1 tbsp to the puree, then fold in the rest, cutting in with a large metal spoon.
  13. Spoon into the prepared soufflé dish and top with the grated Parmesan or Cheddar.
  14. Place in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes until well risen and the top is starting to crack (don't over cook the centre should be moist).

For more chard inspiration you might like to check out these recipes:

Rainbow Chard & Leek Quiche – Utterly Scrummy

Chard & New Potato Dhal – The Veg Space

Red Pepper & Chard Pesto – BakingQueen 74

I’m entering this Rainbow Chard Soufflé into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and is this month hosted by Food Glorious Food. As Chard is in season I’m entering Simple and in Season over at Ren Behan. As my recipe contains eggs I have to enter Simply Eggcellent over at Belleau Kitchen, Then there’s Extra Veg run by Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy and hosted by Jen’s Food and finally Meat Free Mondays which is hosted by Tinned Tomatoes!

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  1. Jo C

    Delicious! Though I’d like to know how to stop it collapsing when it starts cooling! Also tried a variation by adding some ground cumin and ground coriander…very nice twist. Great way to use chard or spinach.

    1. Camilla

      I am really not a souffle expert as this was only my 2nd attempt in 25 years!

  2. Joanne T Ferguson

    What an unusual flavor for a souffle! This looks and sounds so healthy! Pinned and shared!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Joanne:-)

  3. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    This sounds absolutely fabulous! I haven’t made a soufflé for ages…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, no I hadn’t either:-)

  4. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Ooh Camilla that looks fab. Stunning colour, and very creative!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Becca, it was a fabulous colour:-)

  5. Food Glorious Food

    Delicious and very frugal 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Charlene:-)

  6. Jen

    I just love how green this is. Rainbow chard isn’t something that I tend to buy but now I’m working in a greengrocers and surrounded by different veggies I’m going to be stepping out of my comfort zone and cooking with it more often. A great entry for #ExtraVeg 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, yes I imagine your veggie repertoire will be sizeable soon:-)

  7. Helen @Fuss Free Flavours

    Fabulous recipe Camilla. I love chard and all leafy greens.

    1. Camilla

      Thank Helen, I’m a newbie to Chard:-)

  8. Sona

    This looks absolutely delicious… Lovely color..

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sona, the colour was fab:-)

  9. shobha

    This looks interesting.. I’m not sure if we get this chard here in Brazil.. would love to try it out.

    1. Camilla

      You could always use spinach instead:-)

  10. Prateek

    Great recipe and good suggestion to try it with bacon , I think bacon might be a bit better than cold cuts. The souffle has risen well and interesting use of rainbow chard!

    1. Camilla

      I seem to remember we had ham with it that went well:-)

  11. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    Gorgeous recipe! And the colour is so beautiful 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nadia:-)

  12. Kacie

    Mmm, this seems so indulgent and appealing with the cheese, yet would also feel healthy and less guilty about eating it due to chard being the main ingredient 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Kacie:-)

  13. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Wow look at that colour! It looks amazing and a great texture too. Super impressed. Off to share now!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline:-)

  14. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    Oh wow what a stunning looking dish! The colours are fantastic. I’ve never tried to make souffle before – sweet or savoury – but this looks delicious. I will have to conquer my fear of the flat souffle!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma – yes you have to try souffle making:-)

  15. Kavey

    Wow, what an amazing colour! I don’t like chard but might try with spinach!

    1. Camilla

      That’s interesting as they are quite similar, yes spinach would be an good alternative:-)

  16. Kate | The Veg Space

    Wow this looks absolutely delicious! What a great idea and just love the bright green colour. Thanks for linking to my chard & new potato dhal! x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, yes the green was fabulously vibrant:-)

  17. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    ive never made a soufflé but this looks a great place to start. Love that bright green colour!

    1. Camilla

      Well I’m glad to have shone a light on souffle as a fair few people haven’t made them before and this was my 2nd time LOL!

  18. Jacqueline Roberts

    A feast for the eyes

  19. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    Really interesting use of the chard. Love the contrast of colors it provides and I am sure the flavor addition was great.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter it was fab:-)

  20. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    I do love brightly coloured foods, especially soufflés, so this is perfect… I bet its really tasty too! Thanks..

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Fanny, it really was super tasty:-)

  21. Ursula Hunt

    I will have to try a souffle, I have never made one

    1. Camilla

      Oh you should Ursula and this is a nice simple recipe without paper and string as I can’t be doing with fuss!

  22. Maya Russell

    A very lucious green souffle! I have never cooked with chard. It seems very nutritious so wonder why it is not more popular here.

    1. Camilla

      I hadn’t either, I think a lot of people grow it on their allotments!

  23. Paul Wilson

    Great use for chard.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  24. Dom

    wow! look how dark green this souffle is! It’s quite shocking and quite quite beautiful!…. I do adore a souffle and it is the perfect egg dish for Simply Eggcellent, so thanks for the link-up!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, Green is my favourite colour Dom:-)

  25. Julie

    You don’t say in the recipe but you obviously only used the leaves. What did you do with the lovely rainbow stalks?

    1. Camilla

      Julie the whole lot just got boiled and blitzed hence there was nothing to say!

  26. Heather Haigh

    I’ve never been brave enough to make a souffle – yours seems to have turned out really well.

    1. Camilla

      It’s my second time and it’s worked both times so you really should give it a go:-)

  27. Gabriel @ The Dinner Special podcast

    Wow! Kermit would be proud indeed. That fantastic colour. I’m a big fan of rainbow chard and never thought of making a souffle with it, but you have me convinced that this would make for a wonderful meal.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Garbriel – it really was tasty:-))

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