Pizzagaina is Italian Easter pie. A very traditional savory dish that is a much-anticipated treat for Easter. It can be quite an undertaking to prepare, but I've got a simplified recipe here that the Italian Nonnis may curse me for but tastes great!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 9-inch pizzagainas
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Press 1 pie crust each into the bottom of two 9-inch pie pans.

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  • Mix ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and eggs together in a large bowl. Roughly chop the pepperoni, sweet capicola and hot capicola; fold in chopped meats. Spoon half the mixture into each of the 2 prepared pie pans.

  • Top each pie with a pie crust, crimping the edges together creating a seal. Brush the top of each pie with egg white.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown, 45 to 60 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

529 calories; protein 19.1g 38% DV; carbohydrates 22.5g 7% DV; fat 40.1g 62% DV; cholesterol 82.2mg 27% DV; sodium 804.1mg 32% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2013
Made this Easter morning, instead of the hams, I used a pound of fresh Italian sausage, pan fried and crumbled first. No leftovers here! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2013
Made this Easter morning, instead of the hams, I used a pound of fresh Italian sausage, pan fried and crumbled first. No leftovers here! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2014
Simple and delicious! I only made 1 pie so I halved all the ingredients which worked out great. I'm used to having/making this w. bread dough so I wasn't sure about using pie crust but I was pleasantly surprised. I will be using this recipe again and again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2017
I grew up eating this every year my Nana would make it. The only difference is we used very thin pizza dough instead of pie crust and we add chopped boiled egg to the filling - -its an excellent dish and brings back alot of memories! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2019
I added freshly grated pepper and a dash of nutmeg. I would use less hot capicola - it was a bit too spicy for me. Read More