Bacon, Vegetable, and Ricotta Quiche: Guest Post by Katherine Martinelli

Bacon Asparagus Quiche by Katherine Martinelli

Hi folks. Today I have a very special treat for you. The lovely and talented Katherine Martinelli is gracing us with a guest post here on Cravings of a Lunatic. I have no idea how I got so lucky to have her agree to do this for me. She is an incredible cook, talented photographer, world traveller and the most amazing person. Her work has been featured in places like Food & Wine, and Women’s Health to name a couple. You can pop by her “featured” page to read more about her impressive body of work. I would love for you to stop by her “about” page to learn more about this fascinating lady. I envy her travels, as well as her talent in both cooking and photography. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and also Stumble. I remember when Katherine started to comment on my blog, I was so taken with how sweet and supportive she is. Every time I visit her I am absolutely mesmerized by her photos. Her recipes are so impressive, there is such a vast array of them to delight your senses. I hope you all stop by and stalk follow her like I do. Swing by her blog and tell her Lunie sent you. You will be so happy you did and you may thank me with chocolate! Lots and lots of chocolate!

When Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic asked me to do a guest post on her lovely blog, there was only one answer: Of course! I’ve admired Kim’s blog for some time. It’s written in a funny, candid voice and is full of inspiring recipes. Having recently become blogging buddies, I can also tell you that Kim is a thoughtful, supportive individual, the kind that you’re lucky to have in your corner. We spent some time considering what recipe to include and settled on one that Kim herself would never post: quiche. Kim hates eggs and is lactose intolerant so this egg-based quiche with ricotta is definitely a recipe her readers wouldn’t otherwise get from her! It’s just too bad she can’t try it.

I like quiche for many reasons, but its main draw for me is its versatility. I love that you can throw in basically whatever you have in your fridge, and that there is an endless possibility of meat, vegetable, and cheese combinations for the filling. It’s also a versatile dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, hot or cold. Since I always have puff pastry and eggs on hand, it’s the kind of meal I can throw together quickly using what I have on hand.
This particular quiche I actually shopped for, though. I had a vision in my head of a bacon and ricotta quiche with vegetables and set out to make it. Asparagus was not part of the original plan, but they looked too beautiful to resist and were a perfect match. I used a large 11-inch tart pan here, but to make it in a standard 9-inch pie pan just leave out a few eggs. To speed things up I also used a frozen puff pastry as the base, but feel free to use your favorite pie crust, either homemade or purchased (I have a friend who makes an incredible cream cheese crust, which I originally wanted to make but was low on time).
Finally, feel free to switch up the filling based on personal preference and season. Instead of ricotta try cheddar or goat cheese. Omit the bacon to make it vegetarian, or add spinach and mushrooms instead of arugula and zucchini. See what I mean about it being versatile? Although I have to say, this particular combination will be entering my regular rotation.
Bacon, Vegetable, and Ricotta Quiche
Wonderful quiche recipe with bacon and ricotta from the talented Katherine Martinelli!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • Butter or shortening
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, or your favorite pie crust
  • 6 ounces bacon, roughly chopped
  • 4 stalks asparagus
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini (from 2 small zucchini)
  • ½ cup chopped arugula
  • 8 eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk or cream
  • 6 ounces fresh ricotta
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 11-inch tart pan with butter or shortening.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry (to make this easier make sure it is cold). Fit into the greased tart pan and weigh down with pastry weights or another oven-proof pan. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes, pushing down where it puffs up. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Add the zucchini to the same pan with the bacon grease and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Bring a pot of water to a boil and lightly steam the asparagus. Drain and immediately run under cold water (this will stop it from cooking and help it keep its vibrant green color). Slice into bite-sized pieces.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs and milk or cream. Fold in the bacon, zucchini, asparagus, arugula, and 4 ounces of the ricotta.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tart pan with the baked crust. Crumble the remaining ricotta on top.
  8. Bake until eggs are fully set, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with a green salad and enjoy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Thank you so much Katherine for this lovely egg recipe. I now wish I loved eggs. It will not stop me though. I am making this for Christmas brunch with the family. I know they will all make total piggies out of themselves over this one. I would love to take a minute to thank Katherine for her kind words and for agreeing to do this for me. I am forever touched you said yes.

I know my readers will appreciate the touch of class Katherine has brought here today. I mean you are so used to my silly antics so this must be a nice break for everyone. I mean we got through a whole post without made up words and gangster slang. I never thought I’d see the day where that would happen. I mean I thought fo shizzle it was going to get all crazified and sillitastic up here in the weevilarific Bee blogaroo. So glad we dodged that bullet.


Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. anne says

    Great guest post , Kim 😉 Hi Hoo ! Katherine , the quiche looks delicious 😉 Love all the different flavor and texture in that dish !

  2. Kim Bee says

    @Katherine- I am honoured and touched you did it for me.

    @anne- Couldn't have asked for a better guest. So grateful to Katherine for agreeing to do this!

  3. easyfoodsmith says

    You definitely hit the jackpot! The quiche is the most gorgeous one I have ever seen…Bursting with colours, flavourful and healthy.

  4. Jennifer (Delicieux) says

    Katherine is an absolutely wonderful and sweet person isn't she. I've spoken to Katherine a few times and it's so wonderful to deal with someone who is so genuine and passionate about what they do.

    The quiche looks wonderful, I love all of the vibrant colours.

  5. Tina says

    This dish is so packed with wonderful ingredients! Usually quiches are more egg than anything else. Nice to see that this recipe contains something from all the major food groups to make it a well rounded meal. Great guest post. Also nice to see a few of my favorite bloggers here together-have a great day you two!

  6. Kristen says

    That quiche is just perfect for Christmas with the green and red peeking out. Those photos make me want to dive head first into the dish and not come out until I am licking the last crumbs off of my hands and face. Such a delightful guest post!!

  7. Eri says

    I cannot agree more for the things you mentioned about Katherine. I love her! and I love that quiche! Bbbbacoon!!!
    Good to be here Kim!

  8. Julie at Burnt Carrots says

    This quiche looks just wonderful! I have extra ricotta staring me down in the fridge and I think I'm going to put it to good use this morning! Thanks

  9. Kim Bee says

    @Heidi- This would be perfect for dinner!

    @easyfoodsmith- I know right! Love this woman and her food.

    @Jennifer- Total agreement! So happy I'm getting to know her.

    @Tina- Aw, thanks. I know hubs is going to love this when I make it.

    @Dara- I love easy. Those are the ones we make over and over.

    @Kristen- Lol, it looks so inviting doesn't it!

    @Eating Deliciously- Katherine sure takes top notch photos. I am always blown away by the beauty of hers.

    @Eri- Lol, I love anyone who loves bbbbacoon! Nice to have you here.

    @Julie- Can't let good ricotta go to waste. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Lizzy says

    Oh, what a great guest poster, Kim (AKA Lunie :))! I love both your blogs, so this is a double treat! Katherine, FANTASTIC quiche! So beautiful and tempting…I want a slice (or two) for lunch~

  11. Thippi says

    Oh Kim Bee!!! I'm still giggling lunatic like with spurts of chuckles & yep…will have my lunatic like smile for a while today :p You're like my happy drug pill thanks for your craziness, totally LOVE it! Hello Katherine,you put BACON in your quiche, I like you already tehee, it's so gorgeous & I won't be able to put down those asparagus either! I'll be checking out your site soon because Kim says so & because you do beautiful work & I envy your travels & OMGosh tootin skootin your FOOD pics ~drool~ & I should really stop babbling on Kims blog now…Thanks Kim for yet another wonderful post:)

  12. Kels @ K and K Test Kitchen says

    Hi Kim! I'm glad that even on guest post days we still get a little bit of ganster slang :) Also love this recipe from Katherine. I recently discovered her blog via Foodbuzz and I'm so glad that I did!

  13. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme says

    Beautiful recipe. I love quiche and I love the twist on this dish. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe!

  14. Jill Colonna says

    Lovely to meet Katherine and with a lovely looking healthy quiche. It's ideal just now as we have fresh produce and left-overs and is extremely tasty too. Love everything in here and now craving asparagus!

    Kim, first time I've seen you calling yourself Lunie. Had me cracked up. Thanks so much for introducing me to Katherine. Lovely post.

  15. The Café Sucré Farine says

    Yum, yum, yum – this looks amazing, so fresh and pretty! I feel like I made two new friends today, you and Katherine! I love both of your blogs and look forward to checking them out in the future. Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  16. Kim Bee says

    Hi folks, been a crazy busy day but will reply shortly. Am off to the city for trip #3 today. Then groceries to get still. Thanks to everyone who's stopped by. Greatly appreciated.xx

  17. Anne@frommysweetheart says

    Great post Kim and Katherine! I DO love quiche, but oddly, have never made it with ricotta or puffed pastry and I can't wait to try various combos with each of those! Beautiful photos. And Kim…no matter what happens on your blog…so good that we can always count on your toodles and smoochies!

  18. Katherine Martinelli says

    Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments, and to Kim (again) for having me!!! Have a great weekend 😀

  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    YEEES! I didn't know you used puff pastry! Yay I'm going to make this very soon. Looks beautiful and I bet this tasted super delicious!

  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says

    I love quiche and this one looks absolutely fantastic! Great guest post and it was so nice to meet Katherine!

  21. Peggy says

    I love Katherine! She is such a sweet and genuine person, and ALWAYS brings a marvelous dish to the table =) Great choice for a guest poster Kim!

  22. mjskit says

    Oh Katherine – this quiche looks marvelous! It's a shame that Kim can't try it. I certainly will! what a great post between you and Kim. Enjoyed it!

  23. Sandra says

    Kim, what a wonderful guest post, I adore Katherine and love her site!!!
    Katherine, This look absolutely amazing, and must try dish! Love your photos!

    Congrats to both of you on Fbuzz top 9!

  24. Kelsey says

    bacon and ricotta- ohhh this reminds me of something amazing my grandma cooked for me as a child. i love this idea of a bacon, veggie and ricotta quiche!! looks super delicious :)


  25. rosemarried says

    What a great guest post, and such a GREAT recipe. This sounds exactly like something I would want to cook (and eat).

  26. Cake Duchess says

    Hi Katherine-Fabulous guest post and congrats on Top 9. This quiche is just gorgeous and the photos are lovely. I hope you and Kim are having a nice weekend!

  27. Kim Bee says

    @Kiri- Thanks for coming by.

    @Lizzy- Thanks so much for visiting.

    @Carolyn- Thanks so much. And thanks for stopping by.

    @Thippi- You are so sweet. I love that you enjoy my blog. Makes me so happy to know I make you giggle. Feel free to babble any time.

    @Kels- Gotta love gangster slang! Katherine rocks, love her to bits.

    @Hannah- Thanks so much for coming by. I am so glad to have you here.

    @Kelly- Thanks for coming by my dear.

    @Erin- Thanks so much for stopping in.

    @Jennifer- Thank you so much for coming by.

    @Claire- Katherine really knows her photography as well as being a great cook. Love her pics.

    @Cucina- Same here. Gonna try it on Xmas.

    @Kiran- So nice to meet you and have you stop by. I adore Katherine. She is one sweet lady.

    @Jill- Lol, I am thinking it might stick. Faster to type than the lady in the white jacket that ties in the back. Love Katherine to bits. She is a class act!!

    @The Cafe- I am so happy you stopped by. I hope you feel welcome here and feel free to visit again. Always enjoy new readers.

    @Grubarazzi- Thanks so much!

    @Simply Life- Thanks so much for coming by.

    @Anne- Lol, I aim to please and send everyone off with a snugglefest. Thanks for coming by. You are so sweet and supportive.

    @momdecuisine- It makes me wanna eat it morning, noon and night too.

    @Katherine- I am so touched you did this. You were the perfect guest!

    @Nami- It sure does look delicious right. So glad you came by.

    @Stephanie- Thanks so much for coming by. Always love having you.

    @Peggy- Totally agree. I adore her and am so touched she did this for me. Thanks so much for coming by. You are so sweet.

    @mjskit- Thanks so much for coming by. I am going to give this a whirl. Making it on Xmas.

    @Sandra- Thanks so much my dear. Always nice to have you come by.

    @firefoodie- Katherine sure makes food pretty. I love her pictures on her blog. She nails it every time.

    @Lizzy- Thanks so much my dear!

    @Kelsey- I love how food can stir up such wonderful childhood memories. Thanks so much for coming by.

    @rosemarried- Isn't it just gorgeous. I love how Katherine appeals to us visually first. Feast for the eyes before the tummy. So wonderful. Thanks so much for coming by.

    @Cake Duchess- Thanks so much for coming by. Hope you are enjoying your weekend as well.

  28. Shannon @ JustAsDelish says

    send here by Katherine..
    love love quiche, didn't know it's so easy to make. puff pastry is quite expensive here and mostly imported, so have to find a another pie crust.
    love your blog, you have a new follower…


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