Pumpkin Ricotta Quiche (Savoury Fresh Pumpkin Pie)

This Pumpkin ricotta quiche recipe is made with a homemade quiche crust, filled with fresh pumpkin sage puree, ricotta, and parmesan. The ultimate savory pumpkin pie!

Belula October 13, 2021
The whole pumpkin ricotta quiche with a pumpkin seen behind on the top right corner.

This pumpkin quiche recipe is super simple and ideal for every occasion, brunch, lunch or even a light dinner! It’s the savory version of a fresh pumpkin pie! Made with a homemade quiche crust, filled with a mixture of fresh pumpkin puree flavored with sage and butter, ricotta and parmesan cheese, plus eggs and heavy cream to keep this filling together! Hope you love it as much as I do!

Material & Ingredient Notes

  • Quiche crust: you can use store bought or make your own. You can find a delicious recipe with step-by step instructions here.
  • Pumpkin: use a small pumpkin between 800 g /1 kg, which will make a little over the 300 g pumpkin puree this recipe calls for. You can replace with butternut squash.
  • Sage: use fresh leaves to flavor the pumpkin while its cooking in the oven.
  • Ricotta cheese: must be drained to remove the excess water.
  • Parmesan cheese: grated.
  • 20 cm/8 inch tart tin. I really like to use this one, with perforations at the base and the sides that will unsure the crust is properly baked through.
The baked savory pumpkin pie sin from above with some pumpkins around it.
A closeup of the sliced pumpkin ricotta quiche seen from above, with a plate and a pumpkin slice in the top right corner.
Closeup of one slice of pumpkin ricotta quiche.

How to make this recipe

This pumpkin ricotta quiche recipe is easy to make. You must:

  • Line and quiche tin with shortcrust pastry and bake until golden.
  • Cook the pumpkin with sage and butter and prepare the filling.
  • Fill the baked quiche crust with the fresh pumpkin filling.
  • Top with leaves made from the pastry trimmings.
  • Bake until golden!
  • Enjoy!
Portrait of 4 pumpkins.
Making the pumpkin quiche filling: a pumpkin cut in 2 on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, each filled with sage and butter.
Making the pumpkin quiche filling: A grey plate with the pumpkin puree, the eggs, ricotta, and parmesan.
Making the pumpkin quiche filling: the pumpkin ricotta filling ready in a inox bowl.
The quiche crust prebaked and ready to be filled.
Baking the pumpkin quiche: The prebaked quiche crust filled with the fresh pumpkin filling.
The pumpkin quiche filled and topped with the pastry dough leaves.
The baked savory pumpkin pie inside the tin placed on wire rack.

How to make the leaves to decorate this pumpkin quiche

Once you have lined the tin with the quiche crust, place the trimmings in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Roll it out to 4 mm. Using a knife or leave shaped cookie cutter, cut out small, shaped leaves from the pastry.

Using the back of a knife, score each leaf imitating a real-life leaf: one line across the middle and smaller lines going from the middle to de side.

Cover with film wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe notes

  • For tips and rolling out the crust, lining the tart tin and pre baking the pastry, you can refer to this recipe where I go over every detail.
  • To remove the pumpkin quiche from the tin, place the tin over an inverted bowl. Let the sides of the tin fall onto the counter. Then slide spatula between the bottom of the tin and the quiche crust, making sure nothing is stuck. Then slide onto a serving plate, lovingly!
  • Ricotta cheese must be drained from the excess water before mixing into the filling.
  • To bake the pumpkin: slice in half, remove seeds, fill with sage leaves and butter cut into small cubes. Sprinkle with salt. Cover in aluminum and bake until tender.
  • To strain: place over a strainer for 30 minutes. Then pat dray with a paper towel.
  • You can replace half the heavy whipping cream with milk if you are looking to make this pumpkin quiche a little lighter.
  • Brush the crust leaves with egg wash (1 beaten egg + salt), then place on the edges of the quiche.
The whole pumpkin ricotta quiche with a pumpkin seen from above slightly towards the left of the frame.
Three quarters of the pumpkin pie seen from the side with 2 pumpkins seen behind and some pumpkins seeds on the side of the frame.

Experts Notes

  • Baking times are always an approximation and should be adjusted according to your own oven. And in this case, the size of the pumpkin and the thickness to which you have rolled out your pastry.
  • You can roast the pumpkin seeds to add to the quiche once it has been baked.

Making ahead

  • Quiche crust: can be made u p to 2 days in advance. You can keep is covered in film wrap in the refrigerator. Or you can roll it out, and line the quiche tin, cover in film wrap and keep the tart tin ready for the oven in the refrigerator. Also, for up to 2 days.
  • Baked pumpkin puree: the pumpkin can be baked, then scooped out and kept in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Storage tips

You can keep this pumpkin ricotta quiche in the refrigerator, covered in fil wrap for up to 5 days.

To serve reheat for 10 minutes at 200 C° (400 F). Or remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before you are ready to eat and eat at room temperature.

Freezer instructions

You can freeze this savory pumpkin pie once it has completely cooled off. Cover in film wrap, 2 or 3 times, then place in a freezer bag or freezer container. It keeps for up to 1 month.

You can also slice the quiche and freeze the slices separately.

To defrost: place in the refrigerator overnight. Then warm up for 20 minutes, covered in aluminum foil at 180 C° (360 F).

The sliced pumpkin ricotta quiche seen from above, with a plate and a pumpkin slice in the top right corner.
A piece of savory pumpkin pie on a pink plate with a fork on the side and the corner of the quiche in the bottom left corner.

Variations to this recipe

  • You can replace ricotta cheese with cream cheese if ricotta is not your thing!
  • Pumpkin can be replaced with butternut squash.
  • You can replace half the parmesan with mozzarella cheese.
The ingredients used in all recipes on this site are measured using the metric system. I use a scale to be precise with my measurements and ensure good results. If you would also like to use a scale, here are some: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, France.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition: 338 cal
Cuisine: French


  • Quiche Crust 1
  • Small Pumpkin (300 g puree) 1 kg
  • Ricotta 120 g
  • Parmesan 80 g
  • Eggs 3
  • Heavy Whipping Cream 100 g
  • Nutmeg
  • Butter 40 g
  • Sage (bunch) 1
  • Salt


  • 1. Roll Out and Pre-bake the crust: Preheat the oven to 170 C°/340 F. Butter a quiche pan. Roll out the quiche crust 3 to 4 mm thick and line the quiche tin. Cut of the edges using a pairing knife. Cover with a loose film wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Put together all the trimmings without kneading, wrap in film and refrigerate. Line the inside of the tart with parchment paper and fill with pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove the paper and weights and continue baking until slightly golden.
  • 2. Prepare the pumpkin filling: While the quiche crust is chilling, prepare the filling. Slice a small pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, fill with a few leaves of sage and the butter cut in cubes. Cover in aluminum foil and bake at 170 C°/340 F until the pumpkin is tender. About 1 hour. Once it is cooked, using a spoon remove the sage leaves, and then scoop out the pumpkin puree onto a bowl and mix to combine with the melted sage butter. Let it cool off. Puree the pumpkin, add in the strained ricotta cheese, the parmesan cheese, the eggs, the cream, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Whisk all the ingredients until you obtain a smooth filling.
  • 3. Make the quiche decorations: Remove the trimmings from the refrigerator, roll it out to 4 mm and cut out 5 to 7 small pieces shaped as leaves (use a special cutter or knife). Using the back of the knife, score each small leave imitating a real one. Cover with fil wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • 4. Bake the savory pumpkin pie: Fill the prebaked quiche crust with the fresh pumpkin and ricotta filling. Place the leaves around the edges of the quiche. Brush the leaves with beaten egg (with a dash of salt). Bake at 170 C°/340 F until the quiche has completely set and is golden brown. About 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately remove from the tart tin.
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