Cookbook:Spinach Pie (Pascualina)

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Pascualina is a spinach pie which is often eaten in Uruguay. It is made with spinach or silver beet, sauteed onions and a homemade pastry. You can cheat and make it with a store bought puff pastry.


  • 3 onions chopped finely
  • 1 kg frozen spinach (defrosted)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg freshly grated
  • 250gms cream cheese or ricotta
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 sheets frozen puff pastry
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg wash


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Saute onions until golden.
  3. Add spinach, cream cheese, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Stir through until all ingredients are mixed together. Put aside to cool slightly.
  4. Line a rectangular tray with puff pastry ensuring the pastry reaches right up to the edge of the tray.
  5. Spread out the filling over the puff pastry, and with a spoon make 6 holes in the filling so you can pour in the whole eggs. #Crack eggs one by one and pour into the holes.
  6. Cover the pie with more pastry sealing the edges.
  7. Brush pastry all over with egg wash and bake in a hot oven for 40 minutes until pastry is golden.
  8. Serve with roasted sweet potato and steamed green beans.

Serves 6-8