Spinach & ricotta slice

Spinach & ricotta slice

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Serves 12
Both vegetarians and non-veggies will love this puff pastry parcel with Italian cheese - great as a buffet centrepiece

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal397
  • fat27g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.1g


  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1kg spinach



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

  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 500g ricotta



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

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 85g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 2 x 375g packs all-butter puff pastry
  • a little flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 egg, beaten



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


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Melt half the butter with the oil in a sauté pan. Add the onion and cook for 10 mins until softened. Remove to a bowl.

  2. Add a few handfuls of spinach to the pan and cook for a few mins until it has wilted down. Remove from the heat and drain in a colander. Repeat until all the spinach is cooked. Press with the back of a spoon to remove any excess liquid. Now roughly chop and tip into the bowl with the onion. Stir in the nutmeg, ricotta, egg yolks, Parmesan and some seasoning and mix well.

  3. Roll out one pack of pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 25 x 30cm rectangle, then lay on a large baking sheet. With the longest side facing you, pack the spinach mixture down the middle of the pastry, leaving a 5cm border all the way around. Brush the pastry all the way round with some beaten egg.

  4. Roll out the second pack of pastry to a rectangle slightly larger than the first. Drape over the top and gently press down the edges to seal both pastry layers together. Trim the edges to neaten and crimp with your fingers, or seal down with a fork.

  5. Brush all over with beaten egg and, if you like, lightly score the pastry with the back of a knife in a criss-cross fashion, making sure you don’t cut all the way through. Bake for 40 mins. Leave to rest for 10 mins before serving.

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11th Aug, 2019
Made using frozen spinach, all the water squeezed out and chopped. it worked just as well as fresh and was a cheaper option.
9th May, 2018
This is the only way my one year old will eat spinach! I'm lazy so use ready rolled pastry. I add garlic and dried parsley. A recent cooking mishap involving a naughty cat meant that I had to re-make the filling mixture just as I was about to add the spinach to everything else. I was out of ricotta and so was my local shop so we used mascapone instead and that worked fine.
31st Jan, 2018
I made this last night and it was yummy! Everyone loved it. It needs a bit of spicing up though so I added and extra one, I also added 3 cloves of garlic and some thyme. I toasted some pine nuts and added these to mix up the texture. Would make again!
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25th Oct, 2014
I made this one today with durum pancakes...it tasted great
26th Jan, 2013
Made it a bit smaller for family dinner and even the kids loved it!
14th Dec, 2012
can I make this ahead of xmas and freeze it?
7th Nov, 2019
I really like this recipe, but the instructions aren't 100% clear - in Step 1, it says use half the butter and oil, but the recipe doesn't mention butter again. Common sense would suggest in Step 2 to wilt the spinach?
19th Dec, 2018
Can this be made the day before, then reheated on the day?
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22nd Dec, 2018
Thanks for your question. We'd recommend preparing the dish up to the end of step 4 and refrigerating, then completing the last step when ready to serve.
2nd May, 2015
Can I use frozen spinach for this?
21st Dec, 2014
jaclee01:35, 14th Dec, 2012 can I make this ahead of xmas and freeze it? (jon: I'd be interested in this answer as well :) )
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23rd Dec, 2014
Hi jonww74 this recipe should be ok to freeze once assembled but before baking - follow the method up to the end of step 4. Then bake from frozen (brush with beaten egg just before baking) and add an extra 5-10 mins or so to the cooking time and ensure the filling is piping hot before serving. However, we haven't tested freezing this recipe in our kitchen so cannot guarantee perfect results and the freezing process may cause the finished filling to be slightly grainy in texture - let us know how you get on. 
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