Italian Savoury Pumpkin Pie

I need to start this post off with a caveat: I am not sure how authentic this recipe is! Part of my family comes from Liguria, Northern Italy. Everytime we visit, the girls and I lust after the savoury pumpkin pie that is made in a nearby village called Calizzano. The pies are so good that we normally smuggle a few back with us to Paris.

Now, no-one seems to be able to explain to me exactly how to make this pumpkin pie, so I have come up with my own version. Basically this pie is as Italian as Deep Pan Pizza, but if I may say so myself, it does taste delicious. I think the biggest difference is the dough, as I find French Puff Pastry too buttery for this dish and I cannot figure out how the Italians make their pastry (I think it is olive oil based and flakey, if anyone has any suggestions, please do let me know). So I am using normal short crust pastry for this pie, which is delicious too!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 kg of Pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g of ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of boiled Arborio rice
  • 1 onion/ 2 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste.

For the crust:

  • 200 g of flour
  • 100 g of butter
  • cold water
  • salt

First make the pie crust by mixing together the flour and the butter with a bit of salt until you have crumbs. Add enough water for the mixture to turn into a ball and put it in the fridge to rest for 1 hour. Heat up the oven to 200°C. Peel and cube the pumpkin and put it in a roasting tin, together with an onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Roast until soft. Put the roasted pumpkin into a sieve and let all the excess water drain. Now mix together the eggs, the ricotta and the pumpkin in a food processor until almost smooth. Add it the rice and add salt and pepper to taste. The pie filling is ready!

Roll out the pie crust and line a 24 cm pie tin. Pour in the filling and bake for 40 mins.

We eat this pie with a simple great salad for lunch! You can download the recipe here.


Comments (5)

November 17, 2011

yum! can’t wait to try that. thanks!

Esther in Amsterdam
November 17, 2011

Oh my gosh, I’m starving! I’m sure I’m going to love this recipe — I love pumpkin to start with… x

Courtney in London
November 20, 2011

I’ve never eaten a savoury pumpkin pie before! It looks delicious! I must try it.

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