Ricotta and Kale Quiche

So, this is a little strange. When it comes to Swiss cheese, I find it to be stinky with a horrible flavor, but when I add it to quiche? Magic happens!

I don’t get it at all, but no one in my family would dream of biting down on a piece of Swiss cheese by itself. Yet, all of us LOVE this recipe. We loved trying ricotta cheese mixed into this quiche for the first time as well.

Plus, I am all about a good way to use kale. You can hardly even taste it with everything else going on in this dish, so it’s definitely worth trying … even on your most reluctant eaters.

And if you prefer spinach over kale feel free to make that substitution and enjoy a delicious spinach quiche instead. Either way, good luck (and let me know how it goes)!

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Ricotta and Kale Quiche

This ricotta quiche recipe is worth trying with even your most reluctant eaters. There's something magic going on with the cheese!
4.8 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Baking Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
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Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

Whole-Wheat Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour can sub regular whole-wheat flour, but I highly recommend pastry flour for this!
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Filling

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup Swiss cheese freshly grated
  • 1 cup kale shredded, can sub spinach or Swiss chard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • In a 9-inch pie pan combine all of the crust ingredients with a fork. Use your hands to finish the mixture by pressing it into a ball. Press the dough into the pan and bring it up on the sides of the pan into one even layer.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, cream and milk. 
  • Stir in the cheeses, kale, salt and pepper. 
  • Pour into the crust and bake until set in the middle and golden brown on top, about 40 to 45 minutes.  

Notes

If you’re positive kale won’t be a hit, you can substitute spinach to make this a ricotta spinach quiche.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible. 
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Cheesy Kale Quiche as a side dish

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22 thoughts on “Ricotta and Kale Quiche”

  1. 4 stars
    This recipe is delicious! I usually add a few mushrooms too. It takes about an hour or more to set in the middle though…and I always forget, so quiche nights end up being late dinner nights. Could it really just be the addition of mushrooms that makes it need to be baked that much longer? Any tips?

    1. A lot of quiches do take a little longer to set, so just keep an eye on it, but anywhere between 45 – 60 minutes. – Nicole

    1. You would freeze it after you baked it. I would put it in the over at 350 for about 20 – 30 minutes or until heated throughout. Also, cover with foil to prevent browning. – Nicole

  2. If you bake and freeze, what is the best way to reheat and how long does it take? I’m looking for quick make ahead stuff to survive fall teaching and soccer season!

    1. I would put it in the over at 350 for about 20 – 30 minutes or until heated throughout. Also, cover with foil to prevent browning. – Nicole

    2. also, you could defrost in the fridge overnight and then a simple reheat in the microwave or toaster oven makes for quick mornings!

  3. 5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for years. Kale and swiss by itself have very strong flavors that I don’t usually like alone. However, I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I usually make 2 and freeze one for later. Freezes very well. The crust is so easy to make right in the pan. I’ve left out ricotta before and it tastes just fine without it! THANK YOU!

  4. I don’t have swiss on hand but want to make this today. Can I substitute w/ cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, or a mixture of those?

  5. I know I’m late to the party but I used Swiss chard from our garden, goat cheese, and a sprinkling of Kerrygold cheddar. Divine!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and make it often. I’m wondering how I can make it ahead and freeze it to bake and serve later. I’d appreciate any advice!
    Thank you

  7. 5 stars
    I love that you make the pastry in the pie dish – quick and simple and yummy. We loved this recipe and will use the pastry base as a starter for all our home made quiches in future.

  8. 4 stars
    I made this with spinach and added chopped Canadian bacon. It needed about 10 more minutes in the oven than the recipe states, and I let it sit for five minutes.

    The texture of the quiche is very smooth, almost like flan. Not quite what we expected but really good!

  9. Our neighborhood coffee shop makes a killer quiche lorraine, but I’ve never made quiche myself. I added some chopped cooked bacon, thinly sliced onions, and used spinach instead of kale. Everyone loved it! will definitely make again.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this quiche for the morning after Thanksgiving. I mixed all the ingredients the night before and poured it in the crust and baked it in the morning. It took at least a full hour for the middle to firm up. I substituted spinach and added some Canadian bacon pieces. Delish!!

  11. When I saw the title, I thought, Hmm, they could probably do this with spinach. Which you indeed recommend. And which is a French quiche classic.
    Around here, “swiss” cheese is emmental, or gruyere, which are kind of basic cheese in the way that cheddar or american are in the U.S. I don’t find either to have a pronounced odor or flavor, though I find gruyere to be a little nuttier. There are entire aisles of supermarkets dedicated to emmental–that’s how basic/classic it is.

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