Crispy flakes of phyllo and a very tasty filling. Serve it in big slices with a green salad and some good red wine!
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FOR THE PESTO:
2 1/2 cups fresh basil
1/4 pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

FOR THE PIE:
1 large leek, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
4 tablespoons cream
1 cup ricotta
3 tablespoons pesto
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
coarse salt and freshly grounded pepper
8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
cooking spray
  1. For the pesto, place basil, pine nuts and garlic on cutting board. Use a mezzaluna or a large knife, finely chop the ingredients. Place in a bowl, add parmesan and oil. Mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F and saute leeks in butter until soft.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine, eggs, egg whites, cream, ricotta, pesto, parmesan and parsley.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Lightly coat a 9 inch pie pan with cooking spray.
  6. Unroll phyllo, remove one sheet, placing in prepared pan.
  7. Coat lightly with cooking spray.
  8. Repeat with 7 more sheets of phyllo, spraying between each layer.
  9. Trim edges with scissor.
  10. Spoon filling and leaks into the pan.
  11. Bake until golden brown and set, about 45-50 minutes.
  12. Cool before serving.

TIP:

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Crispy flakes of phyllo and a very tasty filling made from leeks, pesto, and ricotta cheese. Serve it in big slices with a green salad and some good red wine!
Photography by Ellen Silverman

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