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Italian Sausage and Spinach Pie Recipe

Italian Sausage and Spinach Pie Recipe

The basic recipe came from my mother, but I've added a few ingredients. The flavors blend so well, and it even tastes good cold. This makes a hearty supper, especially when you serve it with a side of pasta.—Teresa Johnson, Peru, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, brown sausage and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking sausage into crumbles; drain.
  • 2. Separate 1 egg; reserve yolk for brushing pastry. In a large bowl, whisk remaining eggs and egg white. Stir in sausage mixture, spinach, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, garlic powder and pepper.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Trim pastry even with rim. Add sausage mixture. Roll remaining pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edge.
  • 4. In a small bowl, whisk water and reserved egg yolk; brush over pastry. Cut slits in top.
  • 5. Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 608 calories, 40 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 248 mg cholesterol, 787 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.