- 1 small butternut squash (1-1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- Preheat oven to 400°. Place squash slices on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly spritz with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine two eggs, cheeses and sage. In a small bowl, whisk water and remaining egg; set aside.
- In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in the spinach, garlic and nutmeg. Cook and stir for 2 minutes; set aside.
- Unfold one pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a 14-in. square. Press onto bottom and up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan, allowing excess pastry to drape over edges. Brush with reserved egg mixture.
- Layer with half of the squash, cheese mixture and spinach. Repeat layers. Roll out the remaining pastry into a 10-in. square; place over filling. Trim edges; fold the bottom pastry over the top and press edges to seal. Reroll pastry trimmings. Cut out with a small leaf cookie cutter; place on torte. Brush pastry with egg mixture.
- Place pan on baking sheet. Bake at 400° 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool for 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Reviews for Autumn Torte Rustica
"I have made this several times. Wonderful !!!!!!"
"So beautiful! Turned out a lot like the picture. Based on other reviews I was concerned about the flavor so I:- added extra squash (roasted with s&p and garlic powder),- included a layer of roasted red peppers,- added an extra clove of garlic to the spinach mixture and carmelized the onions as well- added 1/2 tsp each of ground thyme and poultry seasoning to the sage/cheese mixture,- substituted one cup of the ricotta with a cup of crumble feta."
"I was psyched to try this recipe and it lived up to my expectations! I just automatically season with salt as I cook anything. The friend I shared this meal with also gave it rave reviews. I look forward to producing this again, with just a bit more squash."
"This is delicious! Great at room temperature and I would definitely make this the day before to let all the flavors meld together. Made this for Christmas last year as an appatizer and everyone loved it!"
"P.S. I used organic filo dough because it's what I had on hand which worked great - more flaky and held up well."