Rice Ricotta Cake

This is my nod to an Italian Easter tradition I grew up with….Rice pies! Families had their own variations of the Easter rice pie, and I have tasted many! This is my favorite, with ricotta cheese. I got this recipe from my Aunt Gloria, who was an excellent cook and baker!

It is really smooth and delicious!

It is a very easy pie to make!

I make it in a 10-inch pie plate and I know you cannot buy that size in stores today. There are some available online. But you can make it in a 9½-inch pie plate. It will just be a little higher. Test for doness by inserting a knife halfway between the crust and the middle. If it comes out clean, it is done!


Rice Ricotta Pie

A traditional old world Italian pie served at Easter. This recipe has ricotta mixed in with the rice so the filling is softer and smoother than with just the rice. It is delicious! And it's very easy to make! It makes a large 10-inch or 9½-inch pie.
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Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Calories: 283


  • 10-inch or 91/2-inch pie plate
  • Pie Shield


  • 2 cups white rice cooked
  • 4 eggs large or 6 small
  • cups milk
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pie crust unbaked


  • Preheat the oven to 375º.
  • With a mixer on medium speed, or by hand, mix the rice, eggs, milk, sugar, ricotta cheese, and cinnamon until well-blended.
  • Pour the mixture into the unbaked pie crust.
  • Cover the edges of the crust with a pie shield to prevent overbrowning.
  • Bake at 375º for 50-55 minutes, until firm. Test for doness by inserting a knife half-way between the crust and the middle. If it comes out clean, it is done.
  • Cool the pie on wire rack.
  • Store the pie covered in the refrigerator.


VARIATION:  Like pineapple?  Add 8 ounces of drained, crushed pineapple to the mixture.
NO PIE SHIELD?  Press strips of aluminum foil around the pie crust edges instead.
Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg

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