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Italian Easter Pie | The Best Pizza Rustica

Traditional Italian Easter Pie with a delicious cheesy and meaty ricotta filling is perfect for your Easter menu or any occasion. Pizza Rustica is an easy to make and crowd pleasing meal that everyone will love.

Italian Easter Pie on a white plate.

This Italian Easter Pie is traditional served for Easter, however one bite and you’ll be making it year round. Filled with ham, salami, prosciutto, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, this savory Easter pie is sure to your new favorite tradition.

This cheesy and meaty savory pie is also called “Pizza Rustica” and can be found in many cafes around Italy. While traditionally served at Easter, this pie is far from typical holiday fare.

This pizza rustica is similar to all of the delicious flavors you find in pizza, minus the sauce. If you’ve never tried it before, it is definitely something you should make.

Italian Easter Pie.

So be sure to read along and see how easy and fast this recipe comes together. Served with a simple green salad or my Italian Tomato Onion Salad, and it could be a go to recipe for any day of the week.

Italian Easter Pie

Italian Easter Pie, also known as Pizza Rustica, is quite literally a version of pizza that Italians eat at Easter. The roots of this dish can be traced back to Naples, where after 40 days of fasting from dairy and eggs from lent, this was the perfect treat to indulge in.

Italian Easter Pie

While this “stuffed pizza” has different variations, it is always made with a pie crust that’s filled with ricotta cheese, eggs, and cured meats.

You could make this Pizza Rustica in a traditional pie dish, or fill it high by baking it in a springform pan. You could also adorn it with a lattice topping, or just simply cover it with pie crust.

Italian Easter Recipes

Be sure to check out some of these delicious recipes to add to your Italian Easter menu:

Italian Easter Bread

Asparagus Ricotta Tart

Slow Cooker Ham

Asparagus Ricotta Frittata

Mushroom Pea Risotto

Cannoli Pound Cake

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

How to Make Pizza Rustica | Italian Easter Pie

Italian Easter Pie, or Pizza Rustica, is made by baking a meaty ricotta filling into a savory pie crust. You can bake this in a springform pan or a deep pie dish. Make the crust a day in advance and roll out and bake before serving.

Step 1: Make the Pie Crust

If you are intimidated to make your own pie crust, don’t be! This pie crust recipe is truly fool proof and can be made entirely in your food processor.

Firstly, add the flour, salt, cold cubed butter, olive oil, and egg into a food processor. You could also do this by hand with a pastry cutter if necessary.

Food processor with flour, butter, olive oil, and egg.

Next, place the lid on the food processor and pulse until a fine crumb forms.

pie crust crumbs in a food processor.

Place the lid with the feeder tube on the food processor. With the machine running, add in 4 tablespoons of ice water. Continue processing just until the pie crust comes together and forms a ball.

pie crust ball on top of a piece of plastic wrap

Move the pie crust onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a disk shape. Wrap the crust tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least and hour or overnight.

Step 2: Make the Italian Easter Pie Filling

This cheesy and creamy filling is simple to put together and allows for substitutions. The Pizza Rustica filling is simple: ricotta cheese, cured meats, eggs, and shredded cheese. Feel free to use the cheeses you love and whatever meats you have on hand.

The main meat used in this recipe is cubed ham. I like to use boneless half ham, the same ham I use in my Slow Cooker Ham recipe. This type of ham is fairly easy to find year round. However, you can always substitute sliced deli ham here.

This recipe also uses diced prosciutto and salami. Just slice up the deli meats if you can’t find larger chunks of the meats. You could also use, or substitute with mortadella, capicola, or cooked Italian sausage.

Should I drain the ricotta cheese?

You should drain the ricotta cheese ahead of time if you happen to have a watery cheese. This often happens with homemade ricotta cheese. However, most of the store-bought versions are already drained, and you can simply pour off any water that is on top.

Combine all of the filling ingredients

Once you have all of your meats diced, putting together the filling is simple. Just stir together the ricotta, beaten eggs, meats, and cheeses in a large bowl.

Ricotta and cured meats stirred together in a large mixing bowl.

Be sure to stir the mixture well so that all of the ingredients are combined. Set aside while you prepare the crust for the Italian Easter Pie.

Step 3: Roll out the Pie Crust, Fill, and Bake

Remove the pie crust from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for about five minutes. Lightly dust the rolling pin and surface with flour. Spray your springform or pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Set aside one-third of the crust for the topping and roll out the remaining pie crust into a circle. Don’t worry if your crust isn’t perfect, you can always do patchwork when you transfer it to the pan.

Use your rolling pin to carefully transfer the pie crust to the springform pan. Gently press the dough, without pulling it, into the corners of the pan.

pie crust in a springform pan.

Use a knife to cut off any overhang of the pie crust in the pan. Use leftover dough to fill in any cracks or holes in the pie crust.

Pour the ricotta filling into the pie crust pan. Then, use a rubber spatula to gently press the ricotta into the pan and remove any air bubbles.

ricotta meat filling in the pie crust.

Roll out the remaining pie crust into a circular shape. Then, place the crust over top of the ricotta filling and use a knife to cut off any excess crust. Roll the crust on the sides of the pan down over the top crust.

Pizza Rustica in the springform pan.

Brush the top of the pie with a beaten egg. Then, score the center of the pie with an “X” shape to allow steam to escape.

Italian Easter Pie in a springform pan.

Bake at high then lower the temperature

Lastly, place the Pizza Rustica in a preheated 425 degree oven. Put in the pie and then immediately lower the temperate to 350 degrees. Bake for about 75 minutes, or until top is golden brown in color.

Italian Easter Pie in a springform pan on a cooling rack.

Remove the pie from the oven and let cool on a cooling rack for five minutes, before removing the collar from the springform pan. Let sit for an additional ten minutes before slicing and serving.

Italian Easter Pie on a cooling rack.

I hope you love this recipe for Italian Easter Pie! Serve this delicious dish anytime of the year; it’s always a crowd pleaser. Be sure to comment below if you try it. Enjoy!

Italian Easter Pie on a white plate.
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Italian Easter Pie | Pizza Rustica

This Italian Easter meat pie is also know as pizza rustica. This hearty ricotta and meat pie is customarily served at Easter, but it is a delicious meal anytime of the year.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easter Pie, Meat Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 558kcal
Author: angelakallison
Cost: 12

Ingredients

For the Pie Crust

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed (one stick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold water

For the Filling

  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about a cup)
  • 2 ounces shredded parmesan (about ¼ cup)
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 ounces ham, diced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 ounces salami, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped (about ½ a cup)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

For Brushing the Crust

  • 1 large egg, beaten

Instructions

For the Pie Crust

  • In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, combine the flour, cold cubed butter, olive oil, egg, and salt. Pulse just until the mixture is combined; it should resemble coarse sand. With the food processor running, pour 4 tablespoons of cold water in and mix until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
    pie crust crumbs in a food processor.
  • Lay out a piece of plastic wrap. Dump the dough on to the plastic wrap and press together into a disk shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
    pie crust ball on top of a piece of plastic wrap

For the Filling

  • In a large bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients, and mix until combined. Set aside.
    Ricotta and cured meats stirred together in a large mixing bowl.

Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide the dough into two pieces: two-thirds for the bottom crust and one-third for the top crust. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the larger piece of dough into a circular shape. Carefully place the dough in a greased springform pan and line the insides and bottom with it. You can use any scrap pieces to fill in the gaps in the pan.
    pie crust in a springform pan.
  • Pour the ricotta filling into the crust. Use a spatula to smooth and even it out.
    ricotta meat filling in the pie crust.
  • Roll out the remaining pie crust into a circle. Place it over top of the ricotta filling. Trim any excess overhang and use the side crust to roll over the top crust of the pie. Brush the pie with a beaten egg and make a small "x" shape in the middle of the pie to allow steam to escape.
    Italian Easter Pie in a springform pan.
  • Place the pie on the middle rack of the preheated oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for about 75 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for five minutes before removing the collar; let sit for another 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
    Italian Easter Pie on a cooling rack.

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Notes

You can get a head start on this recipe by making the crust a day in advance. This is a delicious dish served hot or at room temperature. 
Italian Easter Pie | Pizza Rustica
Recipe Rating




Biana

Thursday 11th of March 2021

Egg, cheese and meats are all of my favorite ingredients, together in one pie! Looking forward to making it.

veenaazmanov

Thursday 11th of March 2021

I love cheesy option and I just cant wait to try this amazing Pie recipe. My family to love it too. yum

Beth

Thursday 11th of March 2021

This looks so yummy and tasty! Can’t wait to make this soon! So excited!

angelakallison

Thursday 11th of March 2021

It's so good! You're going to love it

Journa

Thursday 11th of March 2021

I love how cheesy this pie is! It truly looks filing! Perfect for Easter!