World on a plate: ricotta and spinach quiche

And we are to the second installment of world on a plate. For those of you that missed the first episode, World on a Plate is a monthly blogging event at which bloggers from around the world get together and share a typical recipe from their home country. Today we are doing picnic.

Picnics apparently are popular in all countries. What people do with picnics probably not so much… So Biren is going to tell us how they do it in Malaysia, Ewa about Sweden, Katherine about the US, Hyosun about Korea, Raymund about the Philippines, Sofie about Germany, Suchi about Northerm India and Vijitha about Southern India and I am telling you about Italian ones.

In Italy picnics are a outdoor business usually with no tables or utensils. People pack their supplies get somewhere nice. Walk for a while and settle down on the grass or on the beach to have their meal.

There is an official picnic day in Italy too. It is the day after Easter. That Monday is seen as the beginning of spring and people go have picnics in the country side, at the beach or on the mountains to celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season.

For this “pasquetta” (literally little easter)  picnic the menu includes 3 staples: salami, boiled eggs and torta pasqualina a quiche made with ricotta, spinach and boiled eggs. For other picnics we generally end up eating 1 panino or 2. Panino for us is just bread filled with cured ham and cheese. there is a grilled version that usually is eaten at lunch in bars, but the panino for a picnic is not grilled, not hot and not overstuffed, just a simple sandwich. There are a number of rules on panini, but since here I’m talking about torta pasqualina, head over to Paolo’s blog for a great overview of panini.

Back to torta pasqualina. The quiche has a special crust that is supposed to have 33 layers to symbolize the age of Christ. I have never bothered to make more than 3. And I have to say even 1 layer is good enough, if you do not want to bother with the layering.

The other special feature of this cake is the whole eggs. The eggs are cooked whole in the quiche. You place them in the quiche raw and they cook with the quiche and come out hard boiled. Awesome isn’t it?

Anyway, check out what people do for picnics around the world! I’m looking forward to discovering more!!

Ricotta and spinach quiche

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Ricotta and spinach quiche


  • 1/2 lb flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Filling
  • 1 packet frozen spinach
  • 1 tub ricotta
  • 4 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Quickly mix the flour, the salt and the butter until the flour comes together in crumbs.
  2. Add enough water to hydrate the mixture so the crumbs stick together. You will have to add between 1/4 and 3/4 of a cup of water. Stop as soon as the crumbles of dough stick together.
  3. Shape the dough in a brick and place in the fridge to rest for about 30 minutes.
  4. When the dough is well chilled, take it out and give it 3 or 4 folds. For the folds, roll out the brick of dough in a sheet about 3 times the length of the brick and just as wide. Fold the sheet in 3 to get a new brick about the size of the original one and turn 90 degrees. Repeat the rolling out and folding 2 or 3 times.
  5. Filling
  6. Boil the spinach in salted water. Drain them as soon as they are cooked through and let them cool down.
  7. Mix the cold spinach with the ricotta and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Assembling
  9. Divide the dough in 4 pieces and roll the out in very thin sheets. Place two sheets on the bottom of a spring form pan.
  10. Fill the crust with the spinach filling. Create 4 wells in the filling and break an egg into each one. Cover with the remaining 2 sheets of dough. Seal the borders and trim off the access dough.
  11. Cook in a 375F oven for about 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Serve cold.

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48 Responses to World on a plate: ricotta and spinach quiche

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  2. tinafreysd says:

    Drain spinach first so you can prepare the other ingredients while the spinach drains. Pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Hyosun Ro says:

    How interesting the eggs are cooked whole in the quiche! Your quiche looks delicious. Thanks for educating us on Italian picnic culture!

  4. Gio says:

    mi hai messo fame, molta fame! 😛

  5. So unique and delicious sounding – I’m ready for a picnic now!

  6. elies lie says:

    This looks GooD!
    and there’s ricotta in it! Count me in if u have picnic with this in ur basket! YUM!
    Tq for sharing! 😉

    • PolaM says:

      Thanks! And thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again! And you are welcome to join me at my next picnic!

  7. Grazie per essere passata dalle mie parti mi hai dato modo di scoprire il tuo blog,complimenti! Laura

    • PolaM says:

      L’ho appena scoperto e penso saro’ un visitatore assiduo! Le ricette e le foto mi sembrano davvero molto interessanti!

  8. That is a very pretty Torta Pasqualina, good job. I am curious to see what other countries do for picnics, I never stopped to think about how much typical picnic foods vary.

  9. Purabi Naha says:

    Oh, PolaM, I loved this quiche with lots of spinach…I am going to make this very soon!

  10. I have never seen a covered quiche before! And yes, love it that all of us Europeans made savory cakes. I have just bookmarked this!

  11. Nicole says:

    I was thinking of creating a picnic for our family on Mother’s Day. Seems like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. This looks like it would please all three of us!

  12. Suchi says:

    Wow you guys have an official day for picnic! That sounds so cool. Love the quiche, this is the first time I have come across a quiche with boiled eggs and I like the idea.

  13. TJ says:

    oh my scrumptious!!!
    xo TJ


    Ed ecco che ho scoperto un altro blog.
    Complimenti per le ricette…. Sono facili e gustose!!!
    Mi sono aggiunta ai tuoi followers, cosi non ti perdo di vista.
    Se ti va, passa a trovarmi, sei la benvenuta!!!

    La Magica Zucca

  15. Soni says:

    Looks delish!!Not that complicated and something I can definitely try :)Bookmarked!!

  16. Just gorgeous! It sounds so delicious!

  17. Just gorgeous! I love the sunny egg hidden in there! Would be perfect for a spring outdoor event!

    • PolaM says:

      This time it was only in the pending comment folder, not in the spam one. Hopefully from now on it will work…

  18. quiche looks wonderful

  19. Adoro la torta pasqualina, la tua mi ha fatto tornare la fame, complimenti!
    Un abbraccio!

  20. What an interesting version of a quiche. It looks terrific!

  21. that quiche looks delicious! and i love that there is a special picnic day in Italy! i think i need to put together a picnic now!

  22. PattyViagg says:

    Ciao Pola, che bello conoscere un’italiana che spadella nel Midwest. Sono molto curiosa di conoscere come rispondono i tuoi amici americani ai tuoi piatti della nostra tradizione. Immagino che starai vivendo un’esperienza fantastica. Ti seguo con molto piacere. Pat

    • PolaM says:

      Grazie! E’ si spadello e mi destreggio con gli ingredienti locali… Spero di rivederti da queste parti!

  23. The quiche with ricotta and spinach looks wonderful. It’s nice and warm over here, and I certainly wouldn’t mind a couple of slices with a bottle of chilled pinot grigio for the dinner!

  24. I love that there is an official picnic day in Italy! This quiche looks just incredible. Another wonderful World on a Plate!

  25. Kat says:

    Once again I love how approachable your recipes sound. I am saving this one for sure. Sounds like an awesome blogging event, will check out the others too!

  26. Daniela says:

    E’ perfette la tua torta pasqualina, Complimenti anche per la splendida foto. Un abbraccio, buona settimana Daniela.

  27. Raymund says:

    That looks like a healthy picnic alternative, love the filling

  28. Baker Street says:

    I just quickly ran through the recipe and I have everything in my pantry. This will be made as soon as I’m home. It looks absolutely delish. 🙂

  29. Nicca says:

    This is definitely healthy and looks delicious but I guess I should make this more special so that my kids would love this as well..

  30. I like the combination of ricotta and spinach. I have made ravioli filling with that combination and it taste great. I am very sure your quiche taste superb!

  31. loredana says:

    Quuesta pasqua non ne ho fatta neanche una, la tua è perfetta!!!

    buona settimana


  32. Pola, this looks AMAZING!!!! wow, what a great looking quiche! I really love it!!

  33. Picnic must be a big thing in Italy since there is even an official picnic day. I love quiches and don’t eat it often enough. Your ricotta and spinach quiche looks delicious!

  34. Delishhh says:

    How funny we did similar things 🙂 This looks fabulous. I love the eggs in the quiche. I will have to try this one day.

  35. Chiara says:

    adoro la torta pasqualina Pola, la mangerei tutto l’anno ! buona settimana…

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