Vegetarian Quiche Italian Style

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Vegetarian Quiche Italian Style

By 31/07/2012

I love this tart. I would call it the Italian version of the French Quiche. Ricotta and spinach go hand in hand and they are a classic in the Italian cuisine.
I have made similar tarts before but I have been buying puff pastry or filo pastry to make the base.

This time I wanted to make my own, so I made shortcrust pastry and the result was a totally different thing altogether.
Homemade pastry has that simple "homemade" flavour with nothing else added other than flour, butter and water and if you use good quality, preferably organic butter, it will make a difference to its final taste.

This is another dish you can take with you to a pic-nic or packed lunch. It is filling, nutritious and now, that's summer time, you can enjoy it cold too.

  • Prep Time : 1 hour minutes
  • Cook Time : 40 minutes



Let's start with the pastry:
Take the butter out of the fridge and dice it. Add the flour and incorporate the butter well and add enough cold water to get a nice smooth dough.

Shape it into a ball and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Take it out of the fridge and flatten it with the help of a rolling pin. Then lay it on a round baking tray. Pinch the base all over with a fork.
Cook for 20 minutes at 180 C until lightly golden.

Chop the onion finely , put it in a large pan with a tbsp of olive oil and stir fry it until translucent.
Add the washed spinach and cook them for 10 minutes.

Whiz them with a processor and turn them into a smooth cream. Add a knob of butter, the eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper, the chopped dill and the ricotta. Stir it all well in and add 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Pour it on the cooked pastry and cook for 40 minutes at 160C.

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36 Responses to Vegetarian Quiche Italian Style

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Ricotta e spinaci Γ¨ un connubio perfetto! Ottima la tua quiche, proverΓ² la tua versione, brava!Ciao

  2. Mich - Piece of Cake

    Hi Alida, I love quiche and this looks delicious! The ricotta, spinach and cheese combination will be a hit in my house.

  3. Pegasuslegend

    Very good recipe we love these quiche/italian pies! Love the watermark smart ladie! Thanks for all your support Gracie!

  4. pollocuisine

    I love the cheese and the vibrant colors here! Great job and thanks for the follow~!

  5. PT

    looks very interesting πŸ™‚

  6. Asmita

    Your quiche looks wonderful!

  7. Anu

    looks yum and delicious

  8. Linda

    Looks so rich and yummy. I use those ingredients for my stuffed spinach jumbo shells. Something else to try…..Mmmmmm

  9. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This is a favorite of mine. I love this as a light dinner with a nice side salad. Beautiful. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  10. R.Punitha

    Hi Alida, Quiche Looks Delicious!!!Nice presentation :)Keep on Dear…

  11. Gloria

    yummy! I love you put ricotta inside:))

  12. Balvinder Ubi

    You have used some favorite ingredients of mine. the quiche looks pretty dense.

  13. Carmine Volpe

    nonosttante il passare degli anni rimane la mia torta salata preferita

  14. rita cooks italian

    I agree the flavour of homemade pastry is much better than the bought one. Ricotta and spinach is a classic Italian combination. It's my favourite of course!!

  15. Lenia

    It looks amazing!Love the combination of ricotta and spinach!Many kisses from Greece,dear!

  16. Hema

    Love the filling, so flavorful and yummy..

  17. Giovanna

    Adoro la torta salata con ricotta e spinaci, la tua Γ¨ molto invitante.Un bacio

  18. Choclette

    Now that tart sounds heavenly and a great picnic idea. It's quite hard to get ricotta here, but next time I find some, this is on my list to do.

  19. ~~louise~~

    Ricotta and Spinach are one of my very best favorite combinations, Alida. Now, if I could only master pastry crust I would be even happier!Thank you so much for sharing…

  20. Carmen Anderson

    This looks amazing and sounds delicious! And it's so healthy too! Can't wait to try your recipe! Thanks Alida!

  21. Angie's Recipes

    Love the combo of ricotta and spinach! This quiche must be very delicious.

  22. Dolcemeringa Ombretta

    Questo e ' davvero ottimo anche per un pic nic:) buona e saporita con gli spinaci che fanno bene!Baci

  23. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    Alida! Do we bake in the same kitchen? πŸ™‚ I made the similar pie another day, with rocotta herbs… What's the name of this pie in Italian?

  24. Zoe

    Your quiche looks wonderful with lots of Italian flavours. The use of ricotta cheese instead of cream is so much healthier.

  25. nannina65

    Che buona, ottima in questo periodo e non solo. Bravissima un grande bacio, smack.

  26. Olga Riofrio

    Wow this looks very yummy.RegardsOlguis.PD:Enjoy your summer vacation.

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