Spinach and Ricotta Filo Baskets and Prosecco

Spinach and Ricotta Filo Baskets and Prosecco

By 11/02/2013

My home town in Italy is close to Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region where they produce Prosecco: a superb and elegant fizzy wine to have on special occasions, as an aperitive, throughout the meal or as a dessert wine.

Italians never have wine on its own. Food and wine have equal importance. You always have a meal with wine and you never have wine without munching at least one nibble. Wine should just enhance the food; they go hand in hand.

I always find that the attitude to wine is very different in the UK.ย  At dinner parties Italians will always stop drinking when the food is finished whereas in the UK they would carry on... and basically end up getting drunk!ย  A very different approach to wine indeed.

To accompany this wonderful wine I usually make some nibbles like these crunchy filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach which I really wanted to share.

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Stir fry the chopped onions with 2 tbsp of olive oil until translucent


Add the spinach and cook for a couple of minutes

cooking the spinach

Add the ricotta, eggs, salt and pepper and 3 tbsp of pecorino cheese. Stir it all well in

Filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach

Cut each filo pastry sheet into 4 rectangles

cutting the pastry

Put 2 rectangles into each greased muffin mold

Filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach

Filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach

Fill each filo pastry mold with the ricotta filling

Filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach

Sprinkle a little Pecorino over each basket and bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is slightly golden

Filo pastry baskets with ricotta and spinach

Filo pastry appetizers with ricotta and spinach


Two lovers and a Prosecco


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11 Responses to Spinach and Ricotta Filo Baskets and Prosecco

  1. Nora

    Same here in Ireland regarding the wine culture, people can sip wine on its own whereas where I come from (France), we only like it with a meal. I love Prosecco but it’s hard to know which one to buy in the shops here as the quality varies greatly. I also love the ricotta and soinach nests, they look so gorgeous and appetising! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Alida

      We have similar cultures and both countries make a big emphasis on food. The best Prosecco is always the one from Valdobbiadene or Conegliano where it is produced.

  2. Gina Fiore

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. This one is on my “recipes to make” list!

  3. La cucina di Molly

    Sono belli da vedere questi cestini e sicuramente gustosi, specialmente se accompagnati da quelsto favoloso prosecco! Complimenti per la collaborazione! Ciao

  4. Alida

    Grazie Rita, adoro il prosecco mi sa proprio da festa!

  5. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    So delicate and delicious looking, gorgeous bites! I love Italian’s approach to wine drinking, that’s my kind of thing too ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the prosecco, love it! x Ozlem

  6. Mich Piece of Cake

    I have always wanted to try making something with filo pastry. Which is healthier than puff pastry. The combination looks delicious. I am absolutely drooling.

  7. Choclette

    Alida you are a master in the kitchen, your baskets not only sound delicious but look beautiful. We don’t really drink much alcohol and would certainly only do so with food. I think I might be tempted by the Prosecco though.

  8. Penelope Hart

    Iโ€™d appreciate knowing where you buy your filo pastry in Italy. I live in Italy and I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve seen filo on the shelves.
    Lovely looking appetizers!

    • Alida

      Hi Penelope, I actually live in the UK. I think some supermarkets now stock filo pastry in Italy too but unfortunately I wouldn’t know which ones.

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