Recipes and Cooking Savory Pies Italian Easter Pie (Pizza Rustica) Be the first to rate & review! Learn how to make the classic Italian meat pie including a quick shortcut for the crust dough. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on March 26, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Grant Webster Hands On Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 1 hr 10 mins Cool Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Similar to a quiche, Pizza Rustica is an Italian meat pie commonly enjoyed on Good Friday to celebrate the end of Lent. This Italian Easter pie recipe is filled with melty cheese, diced ham, pepperoni, salami, and prosciutto. Adding ricotta cheese to the filling helps create the rich flavor and creamy texture. Hot roll mix, which can be found in the baking aisle, is our Test Kitchen's speedy shortcut to creating the crust. You don't need many special tools to create this Easter dinner recipe but a springform pan is a must for creating the deep dish pie and also makes slicing and serving it much easier. Round out the Easter meal with a bright green salad and fresh fruit. The vinaigrette on the salad helps cut through the richness of the Pizza Rustica recipe. This dish is best served warm from the oven. Italian Easter Bread (Pane di Pasqua) Ingredients 1 16 oz package hot roll mix 5 eggs 1 cup water 2 tablespoons butter 15 ounces ricotta cheese 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (2 ounces) 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup diced ham (5 ounces) 1 cup diced pepperoni (4 1/2 ounces) 1 cup diced salami (4 1/2 ounces) 1 spray , about 1/3 second nonstick cooking spray 4 slices prosciutto 2 teaspoons sesame seeds Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the hot roll mix according to the package directions through the kneading step using 1 of the eggs, water, and butter. Cover and let the dough rest while you make the filling. In a large bowl, combine 3 of the eggs, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pepper. Test Kitchen Tip: We didn't include any added salt in the recipe because the cheeses and meats contain salt. Stir in the ham, pepperoni, and salami. Coat the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. On a lightly floured surface, roll three-fourths of the dough into a 13-inch circle. Place dough in the springform pan (the dough will extend about 2-1/2 inches up the sides). Press pleats in dough as necessary to fit. Layer bottom of dough with prosciutto slices. Spoon meat and cheese mixture into the crust. Roll remaining dough into a 9-inch circle; place over the filling. Fold the excess bottom crust over the top crust and crimp edge to seal. Cut a small slit in the top crust to allow the steam to escape. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush over the top of the dough. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake the Pizza Rustica for 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the pie for 20 minutes on a wire rack. To serve, remove the sides of springform pan and cut the dish into wedges. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 371 Calories 22g Fat 20g Carbs 22g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 371.4 % Daily Value * Total Fat 22.3g 29% Saturated Fat 8.9g 45% Cholesterol 142mg 47% Sodium 1125.5mg 49% Total Carbohydrate 20.1g 7% Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3% Total Sugars 1.2g Protein 21.5g Vitamin D 1mcg 5% Vitamin C 0mg 0% Calcium 159.5mg 12% Iron 2.2mg 12% Potassium 295.4mg 6% Fatty acids, total trans 0.4g Vitamin D 39.8IU Alanine 1.1g Arginine 1.3g Ash 4.1g Aspartic acid 1.9g Caffeine 0mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 109.3mg Copper, Cu 0.1mg Cystine 0.3g Energy 1554.5kJ Fluoride, F 24mcg Folate, total 64.4mcg Glutamic acid 4g Glycine 0.9g Histidine 0.8g Isoleucine 1g Leucine 1.9g Lysine 1.8g Methionine 0.5g Magnesium, Mg 26.8mg Manganese, Mn 0.5mg Niacin 4.3mg Phosphorus, P 279mg Pantothenic acid 1mg Phenylalanine 1g Phytosterols 3.9mg Proline 1.4g Retinol 101.9mcg Selenium, Se 37.7mcg Serine 1.1g Theobromine 0mg Threonine 0.9g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.8mg Tryptophan 0.3g Tyrosine 0.9g Valine 1.2g Vitamin A, IU 359.6IU Vitamin A, RAE 103mcg Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg Vitamin B-6 0.3mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4.4mcg Water 104.5g Zinc, Zn 2.4mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.