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Ricotta, Lemon, and Arugula Quiche


Add a salad, and quiche becomes a complete meal. This version gets richness from ricotta and bursts of flavor from peppery arugula and lemon zest.

  • Yield: Makes 1 eight-inch quiche
ricotta lemon and arugula quiche

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2004


  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Tart Dough for Quiche
  • 12 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 2 ounces) baby arugula
  • Arugula Salad


  1. Set an 8-inch cake ring (with 2-inch sides) on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a 12-inch circle. Fit circle into cake ring, pressing dough onto baking sheet and up sides of ring; trim dough flush with top edge of ring. Prick bottom all over with a fork. Freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  3. Line tart shell with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until dough starts to feel firm on edges, about 20 minutes. Remove parchment and weights; continue baking until crust is pale golden brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Leave oven on.

  4. Whisk ricotta, milk, eggs, zest, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in arugula. Pour mixture into tart shell; bake until puffed and pale golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with arugula salad.

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  • Anota
    13 JUN, 2013
    This is delicious. I've just done this and my mom loved. Me too. I used lots of lemon and I used also a little bit of ginger both in the dough and in the cream. I'm 25 years-old and I love Martha since ever! Thank u all
  • Beth Mc
    19 MAY, 2013
    Great recipe, but the salt measurement is WAY off. Use a little over a quarter teaspoon instead. Otherwise, your dish will taste like you're sucking on a saltlick. As as an aside, you can also use a pre-made quiche shell to make creating this quiche even easier--I love using a whole wheat pie shell if I'm a rush.
  • Nancy Zelick
    26 MAR, 2013
    VERY good! We had leftover arugula and savory pie crust from a previous recipe, so opted to try this filling. We love it - Thanks!
  • megansmaking
    18 FEB, 2012
    This quiche was great. The lemony flavor was light and fresh. I also like the arugula as I try to get as many veggies in my diet wherever I am able. (Not a big veggie fan) But, this was perfect! I made it on Sunday night and was able to snack on it all week for quick dinners and lunches! Yum.