Lighter spanakopita

Lighter spanakopita

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins


Serves 6
This traditional Greek spinach and feta cheese pie gets a healthier makeover - we've slashed the fat, salt and calories

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal274
  • fat15g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 500g fresh spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 6 spring onions, ends trimmed, finely chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • generous pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 200g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 1 large egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp chopped dill, plus 1 rounded tsp
  • 2 tbsp snipped chives
  • 2 tsp chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 5 sheets filo pastry (each about 46 x 25cm and about 250g total weight)
  • 100g feta



    A creamy soft white cheese with an ancient history - nomadic tribes who needed to preserve the…

  • minted yogurt dip (see tip), to serve (optional)
  • tomato, cucumber & pepper salad (see tip), to serve (optional)


  1. Pack the spinach into a large heatproof bowl. Pour boiling water over and press the spinach down with a wooden spoon. Leave for 1 min to wilt, stirring a couple of times so all the leaves are submerged. Tip into a large colander and place under running cold water to cool quickly. Drain well – squeeze out any excess water by pressing the spinach down with the wooden spoon, then squeezing with your hands. Using kitchen paper, pat the spinach dry into a compact shape, lay it on a board and roughly chop, then set aside.

  2. Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the shallot, spring onions and garlic, and fry over a high-ish heat for 3-4 mins, stirring often, until softened and just starting to brown. Lower the heat, tip in the spinach and stir for 1 min only to finish drying. Season with pepper and a good pinch of nutmeg, and leave to cool.

  3. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and put a baking sheet in to heat up. In a bowl, stir the ricotta into the beaten egg and mix in the 2 tbsp dill, the chives and mint. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt.

  4. Lightly oil a 20cm square x 4cm deep cake tin. Mix the remaining oil with the 1 rounded tsp dill. Lay the filo pastry sheets on a large board. Brush the top one with a little of the dill oil, then carefully lower it into the tin to line the base and 2 of the sides, with an overhang on both sides. The pastry doesn’t have to fit in smoothly – a few wrinkles and folds in it are fine. Brush a bit more oil over the second pastry sheet and this time lay it down in the tin the other way round, so it drapes over and lines the base and the other 2 sides. The tin should now be completely covered, with a pastry overhang all round. Repeat the criss-cross layering with 2 more oiled filo sheets.

  5. Stir the ricotta mixture into the spinach, then crumble in the feta. Lightly stir it in so you leave a few chunky pieces. Spoon this filling into the lined tin and level it. Bring the pastry sides up and over the filling, then brush a little oil over them. Brush the remainder of the oil over the last filo sheet on the board. Cut the sheet in half widthways and lay one half over at a time, in big folds, to cover the filling and give you a pastry topping.

  6. Place the tin on the heated baking sheet and bake for 25-30 mins until the pastry is crisp and golden. Leave to cool for 10-15 mins. Remove the tin and transfer to a serving plate. If your tin doesn’t have a loose bottom, carefully upturn it onto a flat board, then flip it over onto the serving plate. Serve warm or cold with minted yogurt dip and a tomato, cucumber & pepper salad (see below), if you like.

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29th May, 2019
Great recipe. Tasted really nice. Left out the dill as I can't stand the flavour.
Yasmin Khan's picture
Yasmin Khan
17th Mar, 2018
can you freeze this recipe?
evil_angelwings's picture
10th Feb, 2016
We really loved this! Made a few cheapskate substitutions - used around 300g frozen spinach and skipped step 1, just thawed it and threw it in the pan with the onions; used regular red and yellow onions in place of the shallot and spring onions and used cream cheese instead of ricotta because it's cheaper. Unfortunately it was so good that my boyfriend ate half of it, so we only got 3 servings out of it! I guess that shows how good it is! Great with a side salad.
GemJan's picture
13th Apr, 2020
Could my you make this as smaller individual pies? Like samosa style with filo pastry?
Esther_Deputyfoodeditor's picture
15th Apr, 2020
Hey, Esther from the food team here! Yes that could work! Just make the recipe as per the filling and fold them as you would a samosa. Thanks for your question!
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