Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mario's Weekend Cooking Challange: Spinach Torta via Hoboken!

Mario's Weekend Cooking Challenge is a new Facebook Group for people to get together, once a month and cook the same recipe, compare notes and discuss outcomes. It is put together by Mario Bosquez host of "Living Today" on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 112 & XM 157

The first challenge recipe is "Spinach Torta via Hoboken. A recipe adapted from
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family”, by, James Beard award-winning author, Laura Schenone. Get the complete recipe here: Spinach Torta via Hoboken.

4 packs of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and completely squeezed of all liquid. I found placing the spinach in a cheesecloth and "wringing" it out complete the easiest way to do this.
A bar of cream cheese at room temperature, some eggs, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley, to taste.

To start, you want to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a 9" x 11" Pyrex-type dish, brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the bottom and sides

In a the bowl of a mixer, whip up the bar of cream cheese until smooth. Then add all the beaten eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, pepper and parsley.

Mix this well until smooth and thick.

Divide the mixture in half. Mix one half with the spinach. Evenly spread this spinach-cheese-egg mixture in the prepared pan.

Cover the spinach mixture with the remaining half of the egg-cheese mixture.

Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Let cool and serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Serves 10 to 12 as an appetizer or side dish. Also makes a great light lunch!


  1. This looks so delicious! I couldn't participate this weekend, but look forward to the next recipe!

  2. thanks for lettin me know it sounds like a great idea

  3. Sounds like an interesting group. Your torta looks great!

  4. This is very similar to my Grandmas recipe but we add rice and bake it in the oven in a dough pie shell. Hers is a northern Italy recipe.

  5. This looks just like my grandmother's recipe except she would also add savoy cabbage and leak. But in fairness, my mother was able to top my grandmother in this recipe-miss them both. thanks for the great memory! Merry Christmas to everyone!!