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Quiche Italiano

February 12, 2010 by Joan Nova in Breakfast + Brunch, Italian | 14 Comments

I was leaving home for a few days vacation and needed to use up some of the uncooked produce that remained from the Argentine dinner. I got the idea to make a quiche and I thought I’d call it a clean-the-refrigerator-quiche but when I started pulling things out of the vegetable drawer,  it was so weighted towards Italian and that I settled on “Quiche Italiano”.

Ingredients
pie crust (your own or ready-made frozen like mine)
1 eggplant sliced round and cooked in microwave for 3 minutes to pre-cook
2 plum tomatoes sliced round
1 lb spinach cooked in chicken broth and squeezed dry
1 clove garlic (put in pot with spinach and broth)
1 cup part skim ricotta
2 beaten eggs
FOODalogue seasoning or salt + pepper
grated parmesan
nutmeg
fresh mozzarella (shredded about 2 ozs.)

Cook spinach and eggplant separately. Mix eggs with ricotta. Layer pie shell with eggplant, ricotta mixture, spinach, a little shredded mozzarella, fresh grated parmesan and nutmeg. Repeat. Decorate with sliced tomatoes, more parmesan, nutmeg and black pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes till set.

Delish!
Because I used a small amount of cheese and only 2 eggs, the quiche was vegetable-dense but still creamy and rich enough to classify it as a quiche…and I’m hoping a healthy and not too fattening meal.

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  1. Liz says:

    Looks great.

  2. Norma says:

    Mama Mia!…..delicioso…what colors….Welcome back!

  3. Buela says:

    Just lovely Juana,
    With the weather we are having in the Tampa area this is perfect comfort food for all of us.

  4. Ellen says:

    Looks yummy! I’m definitely going to try it but perhaps I’ll line my pie plate with whole wheat tortillas. As much as I love a good pie crust, I am too motivated to lose my final 9 pounds to indulge.

  5. PJ says:

    wow, that looks delicious, love all the ingredients that went it.

  6. redkathy says:

    Oh Joan, delish is an understatement! Next time you clean out the fridge call me!

  7. peter says:

    Joan, nice for a light lunch…I’ll bring the salad some wine, k?

  8. Nothing like cleaning out the fridge and ending up with something amazing Joan:D

  9. Arlene says:

    I love spur-of-the-moment, use-up-what’s-in-the-cupboard meals. They are usually delicious and yours is certainly no exception. The healthy part is a bonus.

  10. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Joan – that looks to satisfying. I would love a slice with a cup of black coffee on this Sunday morning. The tomatoes on top add the perfect color, too.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    LL

  11. elly says:

    What a beautiful looking quiche, and with great ingredients, too. I really love quiche but I almost never make it. I should really change that!

  12. Chef Chuck says:

    I could taste that know!

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