Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it


  • mild olive oil spray
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 250g young spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 250g ricotta, drained
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 4 sheets (each roughly 38cm x 30cm)  filo pastry



    1. Heat a spray of oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic for 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Add the spinach and cook for 5 minutes, stirring and bubbling off any liquid. Tip into a sieve and press to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Cool.
    2. Beat the egg with the ricotta and nutmeg and season. Stir in the feta with the spinach and onion. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
    3. Spray a 20cm loose-based cake tin with a little oil. Line it with the filo sheets, leaving any excess pastry hanging over the edge and spraying each sheet with oil. Spoon the cheese and spinach mixture into the tin. Fold the overhanging the pastry up and over the top of the pie (you can freeze the pie at this point if you like, cook it from frozen and make sure the centre is piping hot). Spray the top generously with oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes until or until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. Serve warm or cold.