Italian Easter Rice & Ricotta Pie

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Torta di Ricotta e Riso

Ricotta is typically made from the whey of mozzarella, provolone, and other cheeses in Italy. It is made from sheep’s, goat, buffalo and cows milk whey. It is a sweeter, dryer cheese then the version made in the US, which is made of cow’s milk. It is lighter and is naturally low in fat. Used in many dishes in Italy such as cassata, biscotti, pizza, and pasta i.e. lasagna and ravioli, Ricotta is the favored cheese in Easter dishes in Italy. Calzone, Pizza Rustico, cassata, torta di riso, cannoli are made in every household on Easter.

Torta di Ricotta e riso is an Easter specialty in my family. Some might call this a calzone or pizzagaina, but we call it a torta or pie. If you are a vegetarian this torta is the original recipe and requires no adjustments as it contains only rice and…

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~ by Patricia Turo on February 15, 2017.

One Response to “Italian Easter Rice & Ricotta Pie”

  1. We have been making this Pizza Giana (rustica) for generations in our family from Molise and Puglia. Thia is one of the best recipes available and can be made agro or dolce… with and few changes of ingredients Thank you for publishing a true rustic pieof Italy…


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