Spinach and ricotta tart

This is a tasty alternative to a traditional quiche

Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 
25 minutes
Cooking time: 
50-55 minutes

Spinach_ pine nut and ricotta tart



150g (5oz) plain flour

75g (3oz) butter, cubed

50g (2oz) Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

235g (8oz) pack spinach

Freshly grated nutmeg, to season

2 large free-range eggs

200ml (7floz) pouring or double cream

100g (4oz) ricotta

25g (1oz) pine nuts, toasted


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/R5. Sift the flour and some seasoning into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in half the Parmigiano Reggiano and add 2-3 tbsp cold water, stirring with the blade of a knife to bring the dough together. Knead lightly, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 15 minutes. Roll out on a floured work surface and use to line a deep, round 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin.

2. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, then line it with crumpled baking parchment and baking beans and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.

3. While the pastry is cooking, wash the spinach then place in a pan with the water still clinging to the leaves, cover and cook for a couple of minutes until wilted. Drain thoroughly, squeezing to remove any excess liquid. Add some grated nutmeg and seasoning to taste, then leave to cool.

4. Spread the spinach over the base of the tart. Whisk the eggs lightly with the cream and stir into the ricotta. Spoon the egg mixture over the spinach and scatter with the pine nuts and remaining Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the filling is puffy, golden and just set. Serve warm or cold with salad and new potatoes.

Recipe and image courtesy of waitrose.com

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