12 March 2009

Spinach Pie

This is a quick and easy recipe, using packaged biscuit mix. I once read the side of a Bisquick box, and there was an easy pie (?) recipe that involved throwing cooked veggies and meat in a pie dish, and then pouring runny Bisquick mix over them. I wrote the one recipe down, and reproduced it using my own biscuit "mix" of flour, baking powder, butter, and buttermilk.

That base recipe came in handy for many quick casserole pie dishes, but my family's favorite was what we jokingly called, Torta Spinaci Toscana, (heavy on the accento Italiano). Spinach Pie, à la Tuscany...

I would serve it with garlic bread - buttered, and toasted in the oven with parmesan.


½ cup biscuit mix
¼ cup margarine
1-cup skim milk
3 eggs
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tsp black pepper
½ cup green onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBS margarine
1 10-oz pkg chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained
½ cup ricotta cheese


1. Sauté onion and garlic in margarine for about 3 minutes.
2. Stir in spinach.
3. Pour spinach-onion mixture into greased 9-inch pie plate ( I prefer glass).
4. Spoon ricotta on top.
5. Beat eggs in medium bowl, and add biscuit mix and melted butter.
6. Pour mixture over spinach and ricotta.
7. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean.
8. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.
9. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Sometimes a sprinkle of nutmeg over the top of the pie (before baking) works well...and optionally, you can add a TBS or two of chopped, cooked italian sausage, well patted or drained.


Kevin McGinty said...

One thing about your blog Cat. You never know what you're going to do next.

Sounds like a good dish but I'm more of a "yeah, give me a #4 with a coke to drink" kind of guy myself.

I thought about you last night when they mentioned your little town on the weather channel...

robbwindow said...

Sounds yummy.

fredwrite said...

I'm going to try this, even though my lover is not a garlic fan. She never forbids garlic or anything, she just grabs a quick kiss before I indulge and then keeps her distance until the storm passes. It also creates an opportunity for her to be glad that she breathes through a ventilator in bed at night.

artandsoul said...

Cat - you are a woman of many talents indeed!!

DragonTat2 said...

OOOooo... mah-shi-ta! Delicious! Now, might you have a similar recipe using pancake mix? And do you draw dragonflies?

Renee said...

Okay I am going to make this next week after Wahid goes for groceries so he can buy me some of that bisquit.


Sounds deliciious.


Thomas Paine said...

Gotta try this one.

To fredwrite: Sounds like you need a new lover -- one with the proper attitude towards garlic!

I think that would be a deal-breaker for me!

Kevin McGinty said...


I'm wonderng if catnapping is napping...

artandsoul said...

Well, you must be having a blogger problem - I keep seeing thsi thread as your last entry.

So, I'm going to go make this recipe tonight and then tap my heels three times and jump on my left foot twice.

Let's see if that does it!

studio lolo said...

I've never been big on main dish pies but this one does sound yummy! I love spinach. I make a mean spinach lasagna ;)

I love following links to some of the commentors. Interesting!

(There's a new corvid waiting for you.)

Hobbes said...

Looks good. I've made Bisquick's hamburger pie often.

artandsoul said...

studio lolo -

Me too!! I've gotten quite a few wonderful links from checking out catnapping's commenters!!

You're one!

Lenoirrr said...

It's too quiet around you Catnapping... bit worried here...