By Dr. Karen Lindsay & Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe

Serves 2

 Ingredients

320g ready-rolled short crust pastry

Flour for dusting

250g baby spinach leaves

2 medium free-range eggs

150g ricotta

Splash of cream

25g Parmesan, grated

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

2-3 tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill

3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Dust a clean work surface with flour and open out the pastry sheet, flattening slightly with a rolling pin.
  2. Line a 19cm loose-bottomed tart tin with the pastry and press into the edges. Prick the pastry all over with a fork. Trim off the excess pastry, then line with baking paper and fill with baking beans or rice/
  3. Bake for 15 minutes then remove the beans/rice and paper and return to the oven for 5 minutes then set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Mix the ricotta, eggs, cream, parmesan, some seasoning and nutmeg in a jug. Add the spinach, dill and most of the pine nuts. Pour the mixture into the pastry case, top with the remaining pine nuts and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
  5. Scatter with more dill and serve with salad.

 

Bio:

Fionnuala McAuliffe is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin.

Dr. Karen Lindsay is a Postdoctural Fellow