Recipe

Roast pumpkin, spinach and ricotta pie

Sweet chunks of roasted pumpkin pair well with the saltiness of the ricotta in this gorgeously creamy pie. Pack a wedge or two for lunch and you're ready to go.

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Roast pumpkin, spinach and ricotta pie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large (750g) butternut pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 medium (300g) brown onions, sliced
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped
  • 100 gram baby spinach leaves
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup (120g) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (250g) fresh ricotta cheese

Method

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Grease a 24cm springform tin; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Toss the pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of the oil and nutmeg on an oven tray; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for about 30 minutes or until tender and golden brown.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until soft. Remove from the heat. Using tongs, toss the spinach through the onion mixture until wilted a little.
  • 4
    Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the remaining oil; mix well. Add the flour; whisk until smooth. Stir in the grated cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  • 5
    Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Toss the pumpkin through the onion mixture. The spinach will wilt further.
  • 6
    Place half the pumpkin mixture in the base of the pan; pour over half the egg mixture. Shake the pan to settle the egg around the vegetables. Spoon the remaining pumpkin mixture on top; top with the remaining egg mixture.
  • 7
    Drop spoonfuls of the ricotta over the top. Using a spoon, burrow down a little so that there is some ricotta nestled inside the pie as well. Bake for about 45 minutes or until browned and firm in the centre.

Notes

Suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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