This is an easy, light and savory recipe for vegetable ricotta pie that only takes 15 minutes to prep! It’s the ultimate veggie quiche for your next brunch!
Vegetable Ricotta Pie
A simple vegetable quiche served with a lightly dressed salad is something I love ordering whenever I’m out having brunch.
It’s tasty, light and always pairs nicely with a glass of chardonnay (or a mimosa)!
But even though I love going out for brunch, there’s nothing better than having friends over for a lazy weekend meal.
This vegetable ricotta pie is one of those hearty vegetable recipes that will please everyone… from those watching their calories – to those friends that just want to feast like there’s no tomorrow! And this ricotta loaded vegetable pie always ends up being a big hit with even the pickiest of eaters. I mean, isn’t it awesome when everyone leaves that table satisfied?!
Bonus: this ricotta pie is SUPER easy to make at home.
Wait, is it a vegetable quiche?
Now, this vegetable ricotta pie is very similar to a quiche in that it begins life as eggs and cheese, baked into a pie crust.
However, this vegetable pie recipe differs slightly since it is made with ricotta cheese instead of milk (or cream). You might just say that makes it a bit more Italian in origin than a traditional French quiche recipe.
Nevertheless, you could totally just call it a ricotta quiche and be done with it.
Way more important than the name is the flavor though!
There’s an undercurrent of savory umami from the pecorino Romano cheese and sun dried tomatoes that is smoothed out and softened by the creamy ricotta cheese. The garden fresh zucchini and red bell pepper pop and deliver great texture.
Oh – and the sun dried tomatoes pull double duty in this veggie loaded ricotta pie. You see, they also impart a light and zesty tartness to the entire flavor profile. Nice!
Btw… if you are a quiche aficionado, you may absolutely LOVE these other quiche recipes:
- Parmesan and Broccoli Quiche
- Spring Swiss Chard Pie With Gruyere
- Bacon Sun Dried Tomato Quiche
- Crustless Quiche With Edamame and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Feel free to experiment with the ingredients you use in your own brunch-y quiche creations. Believe me, your hungry friends and family will be glad you did!
How to make ricotta pie with vegetables
This pie is packed with zucchini, red bell peppers and sun dried tomatoes. It’s a healthy and vibrant medley of summer veggies baked with eggs, pecorino Romano and ricotta cheese.
Full disclosure: I am using store-bought pie crust for this vegetable ricotta pie recipe since I’m not much of a baker.
And, while they tend to be a little sweeter than homemade crusts, I personally find that to be a good thing. You see, I enjoy the combination of slightly sweet and savory when it comes to my quiche.
To start, I just get my oil going in a pan with garlic, rosemary, chopped zucchini and red bell pepper. After cooking for about four minutes, I add my sun dried tomatoes, scallions and dried oregano and stir the mixture for another 3 minutes.
After cooking, those veggies need to cool to room temperature (or close).
Then, it’s time to whisk the eggs in a bowl, add your pecorino Romano, ricotta and salt and pepper! Mix the cooled veggie mixture in – and transfer to your pie crust.
It’s gonna be so yummy!
40-50 minutes in the oven at 350°F will cook your vegetable ricotta pie to perfection!
What is Ricotta Cheese?
Ricotta is a creamy, white Italian cheese made from milk whey.
And while it can be made from sheep, cow or goat’s milk, most varieties have a fresh, slightly sweet taste.
Similar in texture to mascarpone, it’s common to find ricotta used in both savory and sweet recipes due to it’s light flavor and malleable nature. It takes on whatever flavor profile you throw at it like a champ!
But to break it down to its flavor essence, you could almost say that ricotta cheese’s flavor is most similar to cottage cheese if it had a SUPER fine texture.
It lends a wonderful airy creaminess to this savory vegetable ricotta pie.
Can you refrigerate this vegetable ricotta pie?
This ricotta and veggie loaded quiche is fluffy, eggy and so satisfying!
In fact, if you’re cooking for two, it’s probably better to make two pies if you are planning to have any leftovers. Ben and I always manage to eat an entire pie over the course of a day! The extra ricotta pie holds up pretty well in the fridge for a couple of days provided it is well covered by plastic wrap or foil.
And the same logic applies if you plan on having a crew of people over for brunch.
You can totally make this vegetable ricotta pie the night before, toss it in the fridge and then warm it up when your guests arrive.
This cheesy vegetable pie holds it’s own in the microwave. Or you can do the re-heat in the oven on low – around 240°F for 15-20 minutes or so.
So, the next time you hold the brunch get-together at your place, you’ll be ready to cook on the spot… or reheat to your heart’s content 🙂
What about you? What’s your favorite thing to serve at brunch? I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section.
Happy cooking, friends!
Serve this vegetable ricotta pie with these delicious and easy salad recipes:
- Summer Rainbow Salad
- Chopped Salad With Avocado and Endive
- Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Arugula Salad With Cranberries and Blue Cheese
- Quinoa Edamame Salad
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Vegetable Ricotta Pie Recipe
This is an easy, light and savory recipe for vegetable ricotta pie that only takes 15 minutes to prep!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 60 minutes
- Yield: 6 people
- Category: main, pie, quiche
- Method: baked
- Cuisine: Italian
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 6 sun dried tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 1 zucchini (diced)
- 1/2 red bell pepper (cored, seeded and diced)
- 2 stalks scallions (finely chopped)
- 1 sprig rosemary (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 9 inch deep dish pie crust
- 2/3 cup partly skimmed ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large pan over medium high heat, add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, zucchini and red bell pepper and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add sun dried tomatoes, scallion and dried oregano and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer the vegetables on to a plate and let cool to room temperature.
- Whisk eggs, ricotta, pecorino, salt and pepper in a bowl and add vegetables.
- Pour mixture in the pie shell and bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until cooked through. Serve.
This vegetable ricotta pie is best fresh out of the oven, but leftovers hold up rather well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Heat up leftover ricotta pie in the microwave – or reheat in the oven on low (around 240ºF for 15-20 minutes).
Keywords: quiche, pie, vegetable pie, lacto-ovo vegetarian, baked, brunch