Green Bean Quiche recipe with saffron

It’s June now and it is time to make the most of all the greenies we can get hold of: from colourful salad leaves, to beetroot, asparagus, spinach, fresh beans..and with plenty more to come during the next few months it is a real celebration of colours, enough to make our daily meals such a strong contrast to those rich, heavy and often monotonous winter meals.

Today I am sharing my savoury tart recipe which  is made with beans, ricotta and a touch of saffron. The saffron adds a certain depth to the flavour and a splash of colour. Like everything else food also needs to be visual. If it looks interesting and inviting you will enjoy it even more.

Have a good week X

  • Prep Time : 45 minutes
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes


  • flour – 280 g
  • butter – 120 g
  • salt – a pinch
  • egg – 1
  • water – 40 ml
  • For the filling:
  • eggs – 3
  • green beans – 500 g
  • ricotta cheese – 500 g
  • grated cheese – 100 g
  • saffron threads – 1 tsp (steeped in 1 tbsp hot water for at least 5 minutes)


Put the flour on your working top and with a fork combine it with the egg, the softened butter and salt. Work the ingredients quickly and add water as needed to make a smooth ball. Wrap it in cling film and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

With a rolling pin flatten the pastry and put it in a greased round baking tin.

Pinch the pastry with a fork to avoid the formation of air bubbles and cook it at 180C for 15 minutes until slightly golden.

Wash and trim the beans. Cook them in hot salty water for about 8-10 minutes until tender.

In the meantime make the filling by mixing the ricotta with the eggs, grated cheese and the soaked saffron stems.

Drain the beans and let them cool down.
When the pastry is cooked spread some ricotta filling over it and some of the beans.

Cover with the remaining filling and arrange the beans over it.

Cook at 180C for about 30 minutes.


7 thoughts on “Green Bean Quiche recipe with saffron

  1. Dear Alida, You are truly an artist when it comes to creating your recipes. Love this one, it looks so beautiful. You are correct, when a dish looks interesting and inviting you will enjoy it even more.
    This quiche must be so yummy. I love the ingredients and the Saffron threads give it that “pop” color. I don’t think I have every made a quiche that is so colorful and creative. Thank you for sharing. I agree with you, we have to make recipes with all the glorious veggies that are in season now. Blessings, Dottie šŸ™‚


  2. Che meraviglia questa quiche, colorata e squisita! Con i fagiolini non l’ho mai provata, mi ispira tanto, bravissima! Un abbraccio!


  3. The flavours in this sound wonderful and I love the way you’ve arranged the top – really attractive and original. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek – I’ve pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky going live at 6pm this evening šŸ™‚


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