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Italian Sausage and Spinach Pie

The basic recipe came from my mother, but I've added a few ingredients. The flavors blend so well, and it even tastes good cold. This makes a hearty supper, especially when you serve it with a side of pasta. —Teresa Johnson, Peru, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • In a large skillet, brown sausage and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking sausage into crumbles; drain.
  • Separate 1 egg; reserve yolk for brushing pastry. In a large bowl, whisk remaining eggs and egg white. Stir in sausage mixture, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic powder and pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim pastry even with rim. Add sausage mixture. Roll remaining pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge.
  • In a small bowl, whisk water and reserved egg yolk; brush over pastry. Cut slits in top.
  • Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough in half and shape into disks; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 608 calories, 40g fat (19g saturated fat), 248mg cholesterol, 787mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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