ONION EGG PIE (TORTINO DI CIPOLLE) – Recipe by Piero Benigni – This is an easy, delicate and delicious dish, popular everywhere in Italy. It can be enjoyed as a starter or a main course and served hot, lukewarm, at room temperature and even fridge-cold in summer. It is an excellent snack also, either alone or in sandwiches.

This kind of pies (Tortini) are prepared with beaten eggs and vegetables. Cheese, ham, milk, pepper, herbs, nutmeg and whatever else is needed to complete the taste and aroma are also often added. The vegetables are used in greater quantity if compared to an omelette and the eggs only have the task of bonding. They are cooked in medium-to-low oven (300 to 325 °F or 150-160 °C) until they have a dry surface but a very soft interior.

Onion egg pie
  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time5 Minutes
  • Cooking time55 Minutes
  • Serving2
  • Cooking methodStove
  • CuisineItalian

Ingredients for 2-3 persons

  • 300 gonions (10 1/2 oz, cleaned)
  • 3eggs
  • 2 spoonscheese (grated parmesan, 1 oz)
  • 1 spoonparsley (chopped)
  • 3 spoonsbreadcrumbs
  • 1 spoontomato sauce
  • 1 spoonolive oil
  • nutmeg (at taste)
  • black pepper (at taste)
  • butter (for the pan, as needed)
  • salt (at taste)


Tools for the Onion egg pie

  • Cooker
  • Baking Dish square 6″x6″or round 8″
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife
  • Pan non stick, 10″
  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Scale

The dish is easy and requires non particular skill. You can use onions of any variety and size. The after-cleaning weight should be around 300 g (10 1/2 oz). You can use parmesan, pecorino, or a mixture of them. Use a baking pan of about 16 × 16 cm (6″x6″) or 20 cm (8″) round one. Carefully butter it and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. The raw pie should have a thickness of about 2 cm (3/4″) or a little more. Grate cheese, chop parsley, slice onions.
  1. Onion egg pie

    Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil (or 1/2 oz butter) in the pan. Add onions and cook over a mild flame for 10 minutes. Pour the tablespoon of tomato sauce and cook for 10 more minutes or until tender. Add salt to taste, turn off flame and let cool down.

  2. Break 3 eggs into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt, some pepper if you like, cheese, 2 spoons of breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley and some nutmeg. Beat well with a fork then add cold onions and mix again.

  3. Onion egg pie

    Pour into the baking pan and evenly distribute with a fork. Sprinkle a little breadcrumbs on top.

    Bake in not fan-assisted oven at 150-160 °C (300-320 °F), heat below and above, position below halfway up. Do not bake at higher temperature otherwise the pie will be eggy. Cooking time is around 20-30 minutes or until the pie has a dry surface but a moist moist and soft inside.

    Serve with more cheese and pepper at hand. This pie goes very well with green salads, tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh cheeses and cold cuts. It can be kept for 2 days in the fridge or frozen with a 3 months life in the freezer.

    Hereunder: the ready for the oven raw pie

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