Spinach, ricotta, pine nut and dill tart

Spinach, ricotta, pine nut and dill tart
  • Serves icon Makes 1 x 19cm tart
  • Time icon Takes 10 mins to make, 35-40 mins to cook

A stunning spinach, ricotta and dill tart made with few but really good quality ingredients.  It’s ever so easy to make – just make sure to squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as you can, to avoid a soggy bottom!

Ingredients

  • 320g ready-rolled shortcrust pastry
  • Flour for dusting
  • 250g frozen spinach
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 150g ricotta
  • Splash of double cream
  • 25g ready grated parmesan
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2-3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill, plus extra to serve
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4. Open out the pastry on a flour-dusted work surface and flatten slightly with a rolling pin. Line a 19cm loose-bottomed fluted tart tin with the pastry, working it into the fluted edges. Prick the base all over with a fork. Trim off any excess pastry, then line with baking paper and fill with baking beans or rice. Blind-bake for 15 minutes, then remove the beans/rice and paper and return to the oven for 5 minutes more. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile defrost the spinach by putting it in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Drain, then squeeze as much water as you can from the spinach and set aside.
  3. Mix the eggs, ricotta, cream, parmesan, some seasoning and a good grating of nutmeg in a jug. Add the spinach, dill and most of the toasted pine nuts. Pour into the pastry case, top with the remaining pine nuts, then bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Scatter with more dill, then serve with a crunchy salad.

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