When it comes to quiche, there are no set rules for when and how to eat it. Quiche can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, a dish served warm, at room temperature or even cold. Any way you slice it, quiche is delicious. Thankfully it’s also easy enough to make at home with this spinach bacon quiche recipe.
The beauty of most quiche recipes is their simplicity. A flaky, buttery crust is filled with a savory egg custard and any assortment of vegetables, meats and cheese, then the dish is baked. Our recipe requires little effort, especially when you use a refrigerated pie crust, frozen spinach and even pre-shredded cheese. Of course, you can use homemade everything if you have time.
Ingredients for Spinach Bacon Quiche
- Eggs: Use room-temperature eggs for a tall and fluffy quiche. If you only have cold eggs, you can rush the process by letting them stand in warm water for 10 minutes.
- Pie crust: Store-bought pie crust makes this recipe easy as pie! But you can always substitute your own homemade dough if you prefer. Make sure it’s nice and cold before you bake it to get a deliciously flaky pie crust.
- Frozen spinach: Frozen spinach is a convenient, nutritious food to have on hand for quick meals like this. Make sure the spinach is completely thawed and the liquid is all squeezed out before you use it; otherwise, the quiche can become soggy. If you prefer to use fresh spinach, just give it a very quick saute, and drain it before adding to your quiche.
- Bacon: Everything is better with bacon! How to cook bacon is a personal choice, whether it’s in the oven, the microwave or a skillet on the stove. You want to be able to dice or crumble it for the quiche.
- Cheese: You’ll use shredded cheddar cheese for this quiche, which you can grate yourself from a block or buy already shredded. Here are our Test Kitchen’s picks for best cheddar cheese brands.
Step 1: Assemble the quiche
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Unroll the pie crust, and place it in a 9-inch pie plate. Flute the edges. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Mix in the milk, 1 cup cheese, onion, bacon, salt, mustard and paprika. Add the spinach, then pour the filling into the pie crust. Even out the fillings, then sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.
Editor’s Tip: If you want to really show off your presentation skills, learn how to make a decorative pie crust.
Step 2: Bake the quiche
Bake the quiche until a knife inserted halfway between the center and the edge comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
Editor’s Tip: It’s important to let the quiche sit before slicing it so the filling sets properly. Remove the quiche from the oven, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
- Substitute other greens: Any wilted greens will go great with this quiche. Try sauteed chard or kale in lieu of the spinach.
- Try it with sausage: If it’s good with bacon, it’s great with sausage! Crumble the sausage into a saute pan, and give it a quick cook so that it’s already cooked through before you add it to the quiche ingredients.
- Change up the cheese: So many cheeses go great with quiche. Try smoked cheddar, Gruyere, feta, provolone or chevre. Whatever you have on hand will be delicious.
How to Store Spinach Bacon Quiche
Quiche can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in the fridge for up to five days. You can also freeze it if you prefer. Once cooled, wrap the whole quiche or individual pieces tightly to avoid freezer burn. It will last in the freezer for up to three months.
Can you make quiche ahead of time?
Quiche is a great dish to make ahead. You can make it a day ahead and store in the fridge, or make it farther ahead and freeze it to save yourself time. Reheat from frozen in a 350° oven until it’s completely warmed through.
Spinach Bacon Quiche Tips
Does spinach need to be cooked for quiche?
Spinach, or any greens for that matter, should be cooked before adding to quiche. You want to get the moisture out so it doesn’t create a runny filling or soggy crust.
How do you get a fluffy quiche?
To get a fluffy quiche, make sure your eggs are room temperature, and make sure you give them a really good whisk before adding the other ingredients. You can even pulse them in the blender for a second, which will help your quiche get that fluffy texture we love.
What can you serve with spinach bacon quiche?
As versatile as quiche is, you can serve a lot of different dishes with spinach bacon quiche. Enjoy it with a nice green salad, a bowl of vegetable soup or some roasted potatoes. If you’re having it for breakfast, try it with this copycat Starbucks toasted vanilla oat milk shaken espresso!