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Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie. This delectable dish combines the rich flavors of seasoned ground beef, creamy ricotta cheese, and Italian herbs, all wrapped in a flaky pie crust. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a comforting Italian-inspired meal, this recipe is a savory delight.
Why You Should Try It:
Our Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie is a true comfort food gem. It’s a versatile dish that can serve as the centerpiece of a family dinner or elevate a casual gathering with friends. With its cheesy, savory filling and golden crust, it’s a delightful addition to your recipe repertoire.
Why You’ll Love This:
This pie is a celebration of Italian flavors. The seasoned ground beef, combined with Italian herbs and spices, offers a savory and satisfying base. The creamy ricotta cheese layer adds a luxurious texture, and the flaky pie crust ties it all together. It’s a comforting dish that captures the essence of Italian cuisine.
What to Serve With This Recipe:
Serve your Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie with a side of garlic bread or a crisp Caesar salad for a well-rounded Italian meal. It’s also wonderful on its own as the main attraction.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
Yes, ground turkey is a suitable alternative for a leaner option.
Can I make this pie in advance and reheat it?
Absolutely! You can prepare the pie in advance, refrigerate it, and reheat it in the oven until heated through before serving.
Can I use a homemade pie crust instead of refrigerated crust?
Yes, a homemade pie crust can be used for an even more rustic touch.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar marinara sauce (approx. 24 oz)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
1 refrigerated pie crust (9-inch)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C).
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the lean ground beef, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess grease.
Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the cooked beef. Sauté for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
Stir in the jar of marinara sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 5-7 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
Roll out the refrigerated pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish, pressing it against the sides.
Spread half of the cheese mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie crust.
Pour the beef and sauce mixture on top of the cheese layer.
Dollop the remaining cheese mixture over the beef mixture, spreading it to cover.
Fold and crimp the edges of the pie crust to enclose the filling.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
Let the pie cool for a few minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
You can customize the spice level by adjusting the amount of red pepper flakes.
Feel free to add sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, or olives to the filling for extra flavor.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Dinner, Savory Pies
- Cuisine: Italian Cuisine
Keywords: Cheesy Italian Ricotta & Beef Pie