Strong Spinach Pie

Savoury pies are very popular in Italy as a starter for special occasions. They are perfect to serve in small bite portions during dinner parties, birthdays, Sunday lunches, and even during holiday meals.

This easy pie benefits of the amazing flavor of caramelized onions, so it won’t be necessary to stuff it with a lot of cheese to feel satisfied. Filled with healthy vegetables, it’s an incredible source of good nutrients, and it can also be served as a main.

And after eating it… you’ll feel stronger than ever before! 😉

 

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 1 store bought wholegrain puff pastry
  • 500 g of frozen spinach, steamed, squeezed, and cooled
  • 1 onion, sliced into half-moons
  • 3 egg whites, or a cup of chia egg (2 tsp of chia seeds combined with 8 Tbsp of water, left aside for 10 minutes)
  • 200 g of soy ricotta, or ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of fresh oregano, roughly chopped
  • 4 Tbsp of powdered nutritional yeast, or 4 Tbsp of Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 tsp of agave syrup, or a few drops of stevia, or another sweetener of your choice
  • salt and black pepper to taste

 

Method

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add the onion. Let it brown for a few minutes, then add 1 glass of hot water, and the sweetener. Stir, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook until the liquid has been absorbed, and the onion is soft, stirring every now and then. Add some extra water if necessary. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the stuffing: the steamed and squeezed spinaches, the caramelized onions, the ricotta, the egg whites, 3 Tbsp of nutritional yeast, the oregano, a sprinkle of olive oil, and season.

Place the pastry in a round baking tin of about 18 cm ∅, fill with the stuffing, sprinkle the remaining nutritional yeast or parmesan on top, and brush some olive oil on the pastry.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 220° C, or until golden brown. Let it slightly cool, and serve.

 

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