Torta Pascualina - Spinach and Ricotta Tart

Torta Pascualina - Spinach and Ricotta Tart

Torta pascualina has adelicious puff pastry crust on top and bottom, and a spinach and ricotta cheese filling. It's served in Argentina and Uruguay.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Sauté onion and garlic in the butter until soft and slightly golden. Add salt and nutmeg.
  2. Step 2

    Add mushrooms and sauté for 3-5 minutes more.
  3. Step 3

    Add spinach and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Step 4

    Mix ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and 2 eggs in a large bowl.
  5. Step 5

    Add cooled spinach mixture to the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Step 6

    Preheat oven to 400 F.
  7. Step 7

    Roll out one of the pastry sheets in a circle about 14 inches in diameter (or roll out half of the empanada dough or pastel pastry in the same way).
  8. Step 8

    Drape pastry over a buttered 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom, pressing the pastry into bottom and sides of the pan.
  9. Step 9

    Fill the tart with spinach/cheese mixture.
  10. Step 10

    Cut the hard-boiled eggs in half. Press them into filling, spacing them evenly.
  11. Step 11

    Roll out the other piece of puff pastry (or the other half of the empanada dough) into a 9-inch circle, and place on top of the tart. Seal edges together and crimp with a fork.
  12. Step 12

    Mix the 1 egg with a tablespoon of water and brush the tart with the egg wash . Use a fork to prick a few holes in the top of the tart as vents.
  13. Step 13

    Place tart in the oven, lower temperature to 350 F, and bake for one hour. If tart is browning too quickly, you can cover the tart with foil loosely.
  14. Step 14

    Cool in pan for 30 minutes before lifting tart (with the removable bottom) out of the tart pan.
  15. Step 15

    Serve warm or at room temperature.