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Here's the beauty of this dish … it accommodates many tastes. Any combination of dry-cured meat and cheese will be delicious in this recipe.

Serves 8 | Total Time: More Than 60 Mins



For Ricotta Mixture:
  1. In a mixing bowl combine ricotta, herbs, sautéed garlic and egg.
  2. Set aside.
Constructing the Torta:
  1. Lightly grease a 10'' springform with olive oil.
  2. Lay one sheet of phyllo on the bottom of the pan and brush with oil using a pastry brush.
  3. Phyllo sheets should hang over the pan.
  4. Place 4 more sheets of phyllo in the pan greasing each consecutive layer as you go.
  5. Alternate the ingredients in the torta.
  6. Start with a layer of prosciutto covering the bottom of the pan.
  7. Then spread half the ricotta mixture, followed by half the peppers, half the spinach, the remaining ricotta, the remaining peppers, the remaining spinach and then a top layer of the Genoa salami.
  8. Fold the overlapping phyllo over the top of the tart, painting more oil between the layers of phyllo as you go.
  9. Fit one more sheet of phyllo on top. (You will need to scrunch the sides of this piece to fit.) Brush on a little more oil and sprinkle pine nuts on top.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
  11. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  12. Remove sides of pan and serve.

What you have created is pleasing to the eyes and nose, with all its colors and aromas … but even more pleasing to the taste buds!!