Recipe: Veggie and Cheese Savory Pie

After last night’s great herbed tart, I felt confident I could improve on the recipe for lunch. I decided to give it another try in a different size and shape, with the addition of sautéed vegetables. Our dear friend Charlie was coming for lunch, so I wanted to make something special. Of course meat is optional, as are the veggies. Use what you got.

No picture of this pie. Here's a picture of a sleeping dog named Frida.

  • 1 recipe double pie crust [2 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 c. butter, 1/2 c. cold water]
  • 1 c. ricotta cheese
  • 1 c. cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 oz chèvre cheese
  • 1 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 c. onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 6 – 8 slices hard salami
  • 1/2 c. pepperoni, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. herb de provence
  • salt & pepper


Make pie crust, roll dough in a rectangle large enough to line a 9×13″ rectangular pan. Pat in pan and seal edge.

Mix ricotta cheese with herbs de provence, a dash of salt and some fresh ground pepper in a bowl. Add cream and egg, beat until smooth.

Heat skillet, add 1 T. butter and heat to simmer.

Add onions, cook at medium high heat until translucent, add 1 T. butter and mushrooms.

Add some of the red pepper as mushrooms begin to cook down. (Keep some of the raw red pepper slices aside for a design on top of the pie.)

Add garlic. Remove from heat when the mushrooms are nicely browned and the onions are lightly caramelized.

Place slices of salami on the crust, one for each serving of the pie 6 or 8 usually. Crumble goat cheese over the salami. Sprinkle pepperoni on top.

Top with the sautéed vegetables, spread evenly.

Pour ricotta mixture over the top. Gently spread mixture across the top evenly. Top with slices of red pepper in a design on each or making squares.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is browned.



Kale, Chard and Soppressata Pie

This recipe came from Food & Wine Magazine



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (I used Pamesan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1/3 cup ice water


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Swiss chard, stems cut into 1/2-inch pieces and leaves chopped
  • 1 pound Tuscan kale, stems discarded and leaves chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces ricotta salata cheese, crumbled (I used ricotta and added 1/2 c Parmesan)
  • 2 ounces sliced soppressata, finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs—3 lightly beaten, 1 beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  1. MAKE THE DOUGH In a food processor, pulse the flour, cheese and salt. Pulse in the butter until the mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle with the ice water and pulse until the dough is evenly moistened and just starts to come together. Scrape the dough out onto a work surface and gather it into a ball; divide in half and pat each half into a 6-inch disk. Wrap the disks in plastic and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE FILLING In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the Swiss chard stems and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the kale and garlic and cook until the kale is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in the Swiss chard leaves and season with salt and pepper; cover and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain the greens in a colander and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. In a bowl, mix the greens, ricotta salata and soppressata. Season the filling with salt and pepper, then stir in the beaten eggs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°. On a lightly floured work surface and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out 1 piece of the dough to an 11-by-15-inch rectangle, a scant 1/8 inch thick. Ease the dough into a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, pressing the dough into the corners. Refrigerate the bottom crust until chilled, about 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the flour over the chilled crust and scatter the filling evenly over the bottom. Trim any dough that’s more than 1/2 inch above the filling. Roll out the remaining dough to an 11-by-15-inch rectangle, a scant 1/8 inch thick. Ease the dough over the filling and trim the overhang to 1/2 inch, then fold the rim over onto itself and pinch to seal. Cut a few slits in the top of the pie and brush with the egg wash.
  6. Bake the pie for about 20 minutes, until just starting to brown. Reduce the oven temperature to 375° and bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer, until golden. Let the pie cool for 15 minutes before cutting it into squares; serve warm or at room temperature.

MAKE AHEAD The dough and filling can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. The baked pie can be kept at room temperature for up to 6 hours.

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