Thursday, September 9, 2010


 At last, the recipe many have been waiting for. Some have been waiting for years.

This spinach torte went down a treat at Billie's first birthday party on the weekend. Her friend Marilla, just one day younger, couldn't get enough.

Now when I say spinach, I mean spinach. I'm afraid silverbeet - often called spinach in Australia - just doesn't cut it in this dish.

I make a hunza pie - yet to make an appearance here - which is very well suited to silverbeet. But please only make this torte with 'English' spinach - and fresh is always best.

This Italian dish is perfect picnic fodder, travels well, lasts a few days in the fridge, is delicious at room temperature and has been the star of many shared buffets.

I have adapted this from Julie Biuso's Italian Cooking - a great New Zealand classic.


1 large bunch of spinach
1 T butter
1 cup arborio rice, or another Italian rissotto variety
3 T olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
fresh ground black pepper
fresh ground nutmeg
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 T extra butter, melted

Preheat oven to 200c. Butter or oil a flan dish - ceramic is best as doesn't stick. If you don't have either use a cake tin with a removable base.

Place rice in a small pot filled with water and a bit of salt. Bring to boil, then simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes or until just cooked. Drain and set aside to cool.

Pick and wash spinach leaves. Flick dry but leave a little water on leaves. Place butter in a large pot with spinach and cook on a medium heat. Shake/stir every minute or so. Once wilted, but not too cooked, remove from pot and leave to cool. 

Saute onions for a few minutes in oil before adding garlic. When very soft and a little browned add to rice. Chop spinach and add to rice with eggs, 3/4 cup of the cheese, nutmeg, and pepper. Combine with a large fork. Taste and add salt if needed. 

Pour into flan dish and drizzle top with melted butter and rest of parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is crisp.

Serve hot, warm or room temperature.


  1. I'm starving and that has made me even more so.

  2. For special occasions or whenever we are invited for lunch...

  3. Made it for a back yard birthday bash on the weekend - was so super quick and easy and altogether very yum. So thank you, thank you. Next - pumpkin and banana loaf. I need cake.

  4. GREAT. The torte tastes even better outdoors I reckon

  5. ho ho here I go. You would think as one of the long suffering waiters for this recipe I would follow it truly, but circumstances dictate that I try it with the copious amounts of rainbow chard we had to dig out of the garden. hmmm. will keep you posted, and try a couple of extra eggs. xxx t

  6. Cheeky. But good to hear the news update yesterday - spinach torte works well with chard...

  7. I made this this week for dinner and it was AMAZING! thank you for sharing such a great recipe. This is a top site and I will now be making all my meals from it. Yes: all.

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