Spicy Italian Slab Pie

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Ready for a new Italian dish that is not made with pasta? This simple spicy Italian slab pie fits the bill. Easy to make, it is packed with favorite Italian ingredients that will make your whole family swoon.

 

Easy to make, this simple spicy Italian slab pie is packed with favorite Italian ingredients that will make your whole family swoon.

As I was making this slab pie, I couldn’t help but wonder what my Italian friends would think of it. Just a few days ago a group of international foodies had a discussion about authentic food.

 

We agreed that Italian and Italian-American (or Anglo-Italian as they call it) food is not the same food. Do you love spaghetti bolognese? In Italy, you can only find tagliatelle bolognese as spaghetti bolognese doesn’t exist, I’m told. So does it make the dish less Italian? 🤔

 

I’ve eaten some pasta dishes in Italy that I didn’t love. But their pizza is par excellence! Gelato is matchless too.

 

When it comes to authenticity, the same is true for all other international cuisines. Those are the hybrid foods created by immigrants who are cooking with U.S. ingredients available. Being an immigrant myself, I can vouch that we are a proud community who cook classic food with a passion and we stand behind our dishes.

 

As the world grows smaller, we are discovering that traditional recipes vary even from region to region, let alone from country to country. I get it. My cooking is different from my mom’s and she taught me how to cook. We are evolving in every way so why shouldn’t our food do just the same?

 

I’m not sure this spicy Italian slab pie has ever been made in Italy, but it has been inspired by their cuisine. I adapted the recipe from Rachael Ray. She’s an Anglo-Italian, so it counts, right? 😉

 

So let’s agree not to dwell on rules but instead get inspired and make new food. Slap some basil on it and call it Italian, ha! 😂

 

Interested in more maybe-Italian dishes? Make sure to check all my Italy inspired food and also more recipes for National Italian Food Day below, hosted by my foodie friend Ellen of Family Around The Table.

Spicy Italian Slab Pie Recipe

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Italian spicy slab pie recipe

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4-6

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ pound spicy Italian sausage (bulk or casings removed)
  • 3 cups packed fresh spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (17.3 oz.), thawed
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves, sliced
  • Flour for dusting

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • You can use celery instead of fennel.
  • Replace Italian sausage with spicy Kosher/Halal turkey sausage.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the 1 ½ tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Add the remaining oil, fennel, and garlic; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Mix in the sausage.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon water. On a lightly floured surface, roll each puff pastry sheet into a 10×12-inch rectangle. Transfer one sheet to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with sausage mixture, leaving a 1-inch border. With a tablespoon, dot with the ricotta, then drizzle with the marinara sauce and sprinkle with half the basil.
  5. Brush the border of the pastry with the egg wash and line up with the remaining sheet of puff pastry, pressing the edges to seal.
  6. Brush the top with egg, and then use a fork to crimp the edges. Cut 4 slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden, about 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining basil and serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

 

making of the pie- filling the puff pastry

Delicious puff pastry Italian pie

5 from 11 votes
Delicious spicy Italian slab pie
Spicy Italian Slab Pie Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Easy to make, this simple spicy Italian slab pie is packed with favorite Italian ingredients that will make your whole family swoon.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ pound spicy Italian sausage bulk or casings removed
  • 3 cups packed fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry 17.3 oz., thawed
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves sliced
  • Flour for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat the 1 ½ tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Add the remaining oil, fennel, and garlic; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add spinach and stir until wilted. Mix in the sausage.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 teaspoon water. On a lightly floured surface, roll each puff pastry sheet into a 10x12-inch rectangle. Transfer one sheet to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with sausage mixture, leaving a 1-inch border. With a tablespoon, dot with the ricotta, then drizzle with the marinara sauce and sprinkle with half the basil.
  5. Brush the border of the pastry with the egg wash and line up with the remaining sheet of puff pastry, pressing the edges to seal.
  6. Brush the top with egg, and then use a fork to crimp the edges. Cut 4 slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden, about 20-30 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining basil and serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • You can use celery instead of fennel. 
  • Replace Italian sausage with spicy Kosher/Halal turkey sausage.

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55 Comment

  1. Reply
    Wendy
    February 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Wow…Italian or not….pass a slab of that slab this way please!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks, Wendy!

  2. Reply
    Camilla @ Culinary Adventures
    February 13, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I definitely make a distinction between Italian and Italian-American foods. But it makes them no less delicious even if they are not from the “home” country! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      My sentiment exactly. As long as it’s tasty… 😀 Thanks, Camilla!

  3. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    February 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This sounds mouth-watering to me; I’ll bet Mr Shoes would love it for dinner tomorrow. Challenge accepted.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      It was really good, Mrs Shoes. I love that you’re giving my recipes a try. Nothing makes me happier 😀 XO

  4. Reply
    Hezzi-D
    February 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Sounds easy AND delicious! I want to try this spicy pie!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you! I hope you do and hope you’ll let me know how you liked it 😀

  5. Reply
    Eileen Kelly
    February 13, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    This is such a delicious pie! Easy and great for any day! I love the sausage in this too!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 14, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Thank you, Eileen! x

  6. Reply
    Cindy @CindysRecipesAndWritings
    February 14, 2018 at 5:46 am

    This sounds so good. I love that you added fennel!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 14, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Cindy. It’s not overpowering in this dish at all. 🙂

  7. Reply
    Jolene
    February 14, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Italian, Italian-American, whatever! Pass me a piece!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Lol, thanks, Jolene! 😀

  8. Reply
    Lily Kate Myers
    February 15, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Looks tasty and filling! I love the spice and use of sausage and how easy this can be prepared. Perfect for any day snacking and partying.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks, Lily! It sure is 😀

  9. Reply
    Mira Edorra
    February 17, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Hi Jas,
    I love Spicy Italian Slab Pie so much!
    You are creating a great memory for my kids. They will remember this time when they are older, believe me
    Love the Slab Pie in shape or form, good job. Thanks.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Mira! I’m happy you like it and really appreciate your comment. 😀

  10. Reply
    Lydia C. Lee
    February 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Italian sausage here is Pork & Fennel – is that what you mean or is it a salami? or something else?

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Yes, that’s what I mean. Fresh spicy Italian sausage with pork and fennel, but any fresh sausage would do the trick (with slightly different flavor outcome). 🙂

  11. Reply
    Pat
    February 18, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    This looks fabulous! A perfect luncheon food to searve to guests

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, Pat! It really is 🙂

  12. Reply
    Barrie
    February 19, 2018 at 9:55 am

    What a great idea! I love puff pastry for this too, making it crispy and light! I have had a dough version of this called a “luna” pie, but it was more like a calzone- this is so unique!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 19, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I love the sound of luna pie, Barrie! So romantic. Is it because it looks like the half moon? 🙂

  13. Reply
    Sue Ready
    February 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I like your twist to a standard Italian meal. I use puff pastry a lot and find it’s so versatile. I shared your recipe.

  14. Reply
    Vickie Westcamp
    February 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Mmmmm…this recipe sounds so good! We are having a family get together next week and this would be a great addition to all the food we gorge on. It’s a family thing 😉 Anyway, I think I will cut the pieces smaller and use it as an appetizer! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 20, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Awesome, Vickie! You could also cut the pastry smaller before filling it but that seems like more work to me, lol. Hope you enjoy it!

  15. Reply
    Sandra L Garth
    February 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    You are a whiz with puff pastry! This looks amazing and if there were any leftovers I’m sure they’d be even better. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Sandra! You don’t have to be a whiz with this recipe. It’s super simple and it tasted great the next day too 🙂

  16. Reply
    Teresa
    February 22, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I love spicy Italian sausage and I know I would love it in this recipe! Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us at #PartyinYourPJs. Pinned.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 23, 2018 at 12:02 am

      Appreciate it, Teresa! Have a lovely day.

  17. Reply
    Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama
    February 22, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Um, “Italian” + “slab” + “pie”? I never stood a chance against this. So glad you shared it at #FridayFrivolity! 😉

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 23, 2018 at 12:07 am

      Haha, I’m so glad I shared it too! 😀 Thank you, Elizabeth!

  18. Reply
    Theresa
    February 23, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Looks so good! I have never had this, and my grandparents were Italian. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Sharing.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Theresa! Hope you’ll try it. It tastes very Italian to me, lol.

  19. Reply
    jenny walters
    February 23, 2018 at 7:42 am

    You had me at slab!This looks crazily delicious.Pinned!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      If a slab is all it took, I’m happy, Jenny! LOL. THank you!

  20. Reply
    Leslie
    February 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

    You found a way to hit all of my comfort food points at once. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! So happy it hit the spot. 🙂

  21. Reply
    Leslie
    February 23, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Waaah! WP ate my original comment Anyway…you know I love anything pasta-or-Italian based, so this is like a giant slab of comfort food. YUM! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      WP didn’t eat it, lol. I found it! Thanks for commenting again, Leslie. I appreciate you! XOXO

  22. Reply
    Donna Parker
    February 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    This looks delicious and sounds fairly easy, I can’t wait to try it. Yum! Off to share! 🙂
    Dropped by from #BloggersPitStop and glad I did. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hi, Donna! It’s pretty basic and easy even for a new cook. Thanks so much for visiting!

  23. Reply
    Antonia (Zoale)
    February 23, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Looks like a great meal to entertain with. Thanks for bringing another yummy dish to Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      You’re so right, Antonia! It’s good enough to serve to guests.

  24. Reply
    Of Goats and Greens
    February 24, 2018 at 6:23 am

    I love a good savory pie, and this one definitely qualifies! THanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Happy you like it!

  25. Reply
    Carole from Carole's Chatter
    February 24, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Jas What a lovely Italian dish. I’d be honoured if you would share this with everyone over at Food on Friday: February. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you, Carole! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  26. Reply
    Miz Helen
    February 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    What a great pie to try for Pizza Nite! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 25, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      I think so too, Miz Helen!

  27. Reply
    Lisa/Syncopated Mama
    February 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Jas, this looks fabulous — and makes me wish I didn’t already have dinner tonight in the oven! I’ll definitely be trying it out soon! (P.S. I chose this post as my feature this week!) #FridayFrivolity

    1. Reply
      Jas
      February 28, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Lisa, you made my day! Thank you very much. XO

  28. Reply
    Beverly
    March 3, 2018 at 9:37 am

    Jas, your Italian Slab Pie looks delicious. My husband’s favorite dishes are Italian. I know he’ll love this. It’s going on my must try list. Thanks so much for partying with us at Snickerdoodle each week. We’ll be featuring this at today’s party.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      March 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Beverly, and thanks for having me at your party!

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