Mom Knows Best : Savory Spinach And Tomato Crostata

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Savory Spinach And Tomato Crostata

The other day I got a calendar from an italian company called Dalallo. The calendar had wonderful recipes and the pictures made drool. One recipe really caught my eye and I wanted to try it right away. The recipe was for Savory Spinach and Tomato Crostata, which is an italian pie. Since I wanted to make it right away there was a problem, I did not have all the ingredients so I got creative and made some substitutions. My crostata still turn out delicious. I love it when I experiment in the kitchen and good results come about. 

The ingredients I did not have was mascarpone, ricotta cheese, and I only had half of the parmesan cheese. I made some yogurt cheese(strained some homemade yogurt overnight) to use in place of the mascarpone and ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese for the parmesan cheese. Here is my post on making yogurt and straining the yogurt--Homemade yogurt. I strained  about 5 cups yogurt overnight to get 2 and a half cups yogurt cheese.

Here is the original recipe Savory Spinach and Tomato Crostata from and here is mine with the substitutions. While mine does not look the same as theirs, the taste is awesome. My friend said it tasted like Spanakopita with a pizza crust. I brought it to a party and everyone loved it.

Savory Spinach And Tomato Crostata
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup yogurt cheese
1 stick cold butter, cut into pea-sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch  salt
2 eggs

2 cups yogurt cheese
1 cup mozzarella  Cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen spinach leaves( cooked,cooled and thoroughly drained)
8- 12 sundried tomatoes chopped( here is a post showing how I made these--oven dried tomatoes)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg


To prepare dough, mix the first six ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles the texture of Parmesan cheese. Add 2 eggs and pulse until dough comes together. Wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and chill for an hour up to 24 hours.
Remove dough from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature.
To prepare the filling, combine all ingredients except egg in a bowl and mix well. Set aside

Roll out dough on a floured surface, about 1/8-inch in thickness. I found the pie hard to transfer after making so I reccomend rolling the dough on parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet that you can bake on. You can make a circle or rectangle. I made mine the size of a baking sheet. Place filling in the center, evenly, allowing for a 3-4-inch border. Use this extra to fold up dough around the edges, forming a pie. In a small bowl, whisk one egg with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Brush crust lightly with egg wash.

Arrange the Crostata on  a large non-stick baking sheet. Bake at 375˚F for about 45-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is set. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

I am so glad I took a chance and made substitutions as it tasted wonderful. I will try the original version from another day just to see how it differs from mine. My next recipe to try yogurt cheese in is lasagna.  Maybe next time mine will look like the one pictured on Have you ever made changes to a recipe and have good results?


  1. This looks drool-worthy. I love food that has a crust like this and incorporates cheese. I wonder what it would taste like if you had mascarpone - I love that stuff...its soooo good.

  2. I love cooking with spinach it makes everything taste so good!! And usually it is pretty healthy!! Thanks for sharing this yummy looking dish!

  3. ohhhh- I am betting that my toddler would love that- we love spinach here!

  4. Thank you for including the recipe! I have these items in my pantry and have to give this a try. I love anything with spinach and a crust!

  5. That looks so delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe!

  6. That looks really good. I love spinach.

    Michelle F.

  7. YUM - that looks great. Saving on my recipe tab in Pinterest!!

  8. That looks delicious. Im gonna try it!


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