Pizza rustika
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Pizza rustika (Italian Easter pizza) a vegetarian egg-less version

Pizza Rustika is a meat and cheese pie baked during the Easter in Italy. It is also called pizza Giana, Giana meaning “God is gracious”. It is prepared for the feast to put an end to the Lent fast, perfect for indulgence during that period. I prepared a vegetarian version of this pie for a potluck with the Bakers club members organized by FBAI(Food bloggers Association of India). The main challenge was to remove eggs from the recipe as the filling needed to set completely which is almost impossible without eggs. I added pasta and cream to the filling which helped the cooked vegetables to stay together even without eggs and not fall apart also the colorful layers were clearly visible. The crust was soft  yet crispy and flaky and yeast added to the crust helped to improve the texture. I was glad that everyone enjoyed and we had a gala feast with wonderful creative creations from all bakers.


Pizza rustika

Pizza rustika vegetarian eggless

Pizza Rustika is a meat and cheese pie baked during the Easter in Italy. It is also called pizza Giana, Giana meaning "God is gracious". It is prepared for the feast to put an end to the Lent fast, perfect for indulgence during that period.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pizza rustica recipe, pizza rustica recipe easy, pizza rustica recipe with pizza dough
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 10
Author indrani



  • 4 cups Refined flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 50 gm frozen Butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 11/2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup  warm water
  • 1 tsp of sugar


  • 1 cup chopped yellow Zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped green Zucchini
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 to mato
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2  cup boiled macaroni
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 2 shallots
  • 8 to 10 medium garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Leek cut into rounds
  • 1 cup cottage   cheese grated
  • 2 cups cheddar
  • Handful of Basil leaves
  • 2 to 3 tsp of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp of red chili flakes
  • salt to taste



  1. Dissolve sugar in warm water
  2. Add dry yeast granules
  3. Allow to stand for 15 to 20 minutes till frothy.
  4. Grate  the frozen butter on flour
  5. Mix till the mixture is crumbly
  6. Add the activated yeast froth
  7. mix with fingers and form a dough
  8. Allow the dough to rest for 3 to 4 hours


  1. Cut the vegetables into squares of similar size.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in wok
  3. Fry shallots and chopped garlic
  4. Add the veggies and salt and saute in low flame till tender
  5. cook till the mixture loses water
  6. Add the pasta and saute
  7. Add chopped tomato
  8. Sprinkle the thyme, chopped basil and chopped celery
  9. Add grated cottage cheese
  10. pour cream and mix together
  11. Drizzle chili flakes
  12. Add 1/2 cup cheddar and mix
  13. Crust
  14. Make two big balls of the dough
  15. Line a spring form pan with parchment paper
  16. roll the dough around 1/2 cm thin into a large disk and cover the bottom and sides of the pan
  17. place some rajma beans on a parchment paper inside the pan
  18. Blind bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes
  19. Take off the crust and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes
  20. Fill the crust with the vegetable fillings
  21. Cover with remaining cheddar cheese till full
  22. roll the other ball of dough and cover the tart
  23. Bake for 1 hour at 180 degrees till the top is brown
  24. Allow to cool
  25. Chill in the fridge for an hour
  26. Serve at room temperature or chilled

 Pictorial Instructions

Other versions from the Web

  1. Easter Savory Pie

  2. Pizza Rustika Easter Pie


Thebakersclub potluck

Thebakersclub potluck


Thebakersclub potluck



Indrani Sen is a teacher,lecturer in Information Technology/Computer Science for the past 12 years. She has authored 4 text books in Information Technology.
She is passionate about cooking and loves to blog about food and travel.This blog is like my baby as I have built it from scratch by myself with little help from colleagues ,friends and of course Google.


  1. I like the decorations on top of the pie. the Bakers’ club meal looked wonderful! I’ll have to look out for this pie in Italy. I haven’t come across it yet.

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