Torta salata con scarola

Savory tart filled with escarole  Our original home cooking

This savory pie with escarole in its traditional version is a typical dish of Neapolitan cuisine. The link to the classic recipe can be found below. However, here I want to show you my personal version with some differences. First of all the wholemeal flour that is the main ingredient of my shell. Then a more careful eye to fat and calories. In short, the result is a delicious recipe that follows the needs of healthy eating without forgetting the taste of good food.

Batavian endive savoury tart. The image shows  a piece of the tart in which you can see the filling made with endive, pine nuts, black olives
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Batavian endive (escarole) tart

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • 200g (7 ounces) wholemeal flour
  • 15g (1/2 ounce) fresh yeast (brewer's yeast)
  • 600g (1 1/3 pound) escarole (Batavian endive)
  • 40g (1 1/2 ounce) sultanas, soaked and well squeezed
  • 20g (3/4 ounce) pine nuts
  • 60g (2.1 ounces) black olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers in vinegar
  • 6 anchovy fillets in oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 30 minutes
    plus leavening time
    cooking: 50 minutes
    total: 1 h 20 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    medium difficulty
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 381 (kcal) 20 % GDA (*)- 1594 (kJ)
    Protein: 11.6 (g) 24 % GDA
    Total fat: 18.5 (g) 27 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 44.9 (g) 17 % GDA
    Sugars: 11.9 (g) 14 % GDA

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Scarole tart recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Prepare tart shell.
    Prepare your dough with wholemeal flour, 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, a pinch of salt, sugar, fresh yeast and the quantity of warm water that is necessary.
    Link to pizza dough with fresh yeast below.
  • - In the meantime ...
    ... clean and wash escarole, boil it in boiling salt water for about 10 minutes and drain very well.
  • - Prepare tart filling.
    Put sultanas, pine nuts, black olives, capers, anchovies and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a pan.
    Add escarole too and let your filling cook on gentle flame, stirring often.
    Turn off the stove only when cooking juice is well reduced and anchovies are well melted.
    Season to taste with salt only if necessary.
  • - When your dough is doubled, assemble escarole tart.
  • - Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
  • - Grease a 24cm (9 1/2in) round baking pan with remaining olive oil.
    Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
    Line bottom and sides with the dough, allowing it to flow over the edges.
    Prick bottom with a fork and pour in the your filling.
    Refold the excess of dough over the surface and bake for about 20 minutes or until your tart is golden.

Just before serving

  • - Remove baking pan from the oven and let it rest, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • - Serve your escarole tart warm.



  • - Escarole tart is a traditional recipe from Campania, Naples. Neapolitans use to eat this savory tart during Christmastime and in winter. I changed the doses of its ingredients to reduce the amount of calories and fat.
  • - The richest version could be made with shortcrust pastry for savory recipes. Link to the recipe below.
  • - Escarole is also known as Batavian endive, scarola, prickly lettuce ...
  • - Generally I never cover the filling with a second layer of dough as it happens in the original version, to reduce the amount of carbohydrates.

Menu planning

  • - You can cube this tart and serve the bites as appetizers. They are perfect in an Italian antipasto platter to accompany salami or fish carpaccio.
  • - Another idea is to prepare it for a meal, buffet style.
  • - Think of it for your family dinner. In this case it serves 4.

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Healthy eating

  • - I often prepare the tart with escarole as alternative dinner.
    Remember it is good practice to make sometimes vegetarian dishes in the weekly schedule of your family menu. First of all to change, that is a fundamental rule. And then not to eat too much meat.
    In reality, this tart is not an example of vegetarian food for the presence of anchovies in oil, but you can safely delete them from the list of ingredients.


What's the right wine for " Savory tart filled with escarole "?

My husband and I generally match Fiano di Avellino (white wine from Campania - Italy) to this escarole tart.