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Red onion and caciocavallo, the Mediterranean pie perfect for vegetarians

Do you know how to prepare a delicious savoury pie with red onion and Sicilian local caciocavallo cheese?

Some years ago a lady taught me some very fast but tasty recipes to do when you feel tired or just don’t have any clue what to cook. She was a working mum with 3 kids, so she always struggled with time.

One of the recipes I loved the most is definitely this lovely scrumptious pie for those who appreciate the delicate taste of red onion mixed with the salty and strong taste of our local caciocavallo cheese. Since I learnt how to make it, I have prepared it so many times and everyone in my family loves it.

It is also the perfect recipe for vegetarians! 

You need to use some shortcrust pastry as a base, so you can either make it yourself as I do, or buy it ready in supermarkets as she was suggesting. (working mum & time issue remember?)


Ingredients & preparation for 4 people:

– shortcrust pastry

– 3-4 medium red onions

– 80 gr matured caciocavallo cheese

– oregano

– extra virgin olive oil

– salt & pepper

– 2 ts fresh creamy cheese (like Philadelphia or Robiola)


  1. First of all, peel the onions carefully and cut them in thin slices.
  2. On a medium heat put a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan and saute the onion for about 15-20 minutes adjusting with salt. It has to become completely cooked but not brown in color.
  3. Once it is ready, let it cool down a bit, then add abundant oregano, the 2 tablespoons of a plain creamy cheese of your choice (that is good to give a more creamy filling).
  4. Cut the matured caciocavallo in little cubes and add them as well to the onion mix.
  5. Now preheat the oven at 180° C.
  6. Roll out the pastry (or open the pack if you have bought it) and give it the shape that you prefer (rounded or rectangular).
  7. Place the dough on a baking tin then pour the mix inside the pastry and fold half of it.
  8. Cover with on the other half of the pastry being careful that the up and down parts of the pastry are well closed together.
  9. Cook in the oven until it becomes golden brown (about 20-25 minutes) and serve hot with a glass of Sicilian red wine.

You will definitely love the contrast between the sweetness and delicacy of the red onion and the strong taste of the Sicilian caciocavallo all blended together in one delicious pie. Enjoy!

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