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Sweet Italian Easter Pie

or Ricotta Pie

Did you know there was a sweet version of the famous Italian Easter Pie? Full of sweet ricotta, chocolate and orange zest? Keeping reading, ok?

This Sweet Italian Easter Pie is light and creamy, with a sweet crunchy pie crust, almost like a sugar cookie!  The ricotta filling is light and has a gentle orange zest that enhances the decadent chocolate chips.

Such an elegant dessert, but honestly one of the easiest pies I’ve made in a long time.

There is no pie crust rolling involved!  I’ve adapted the recipe (that makes two ricotta pies) to a tart pan, and then the second pie which is smaller, into a regular pie plate.

You can adjust the sugar too.  The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar in the filling, but I reduced it to 1/2 cup and it’s just perfect!  You can either halve the ingredients, or make both and freeze one!  Which is what I did and then took it into work.

You will need: Ricotta cheese (3 – 475g containers) 7 eggs, white sugar, vanilla, an orange for zesting, flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, dark chocolate chips

side view of ricotta pie on white scalloped cake plate with orange peeking out at the side and text sweet ricotta pie on top


I love to get recipes from friends. I’m always asking “So…. what did you bake this week?”

Their face lights up and they are thrilled to be asked. Wouldn’t you too?

Sharing recipes is kind of like sharing a cup of coffee or even a meal! The best part, I think, is that every time you make that recipe, you will think of your friend — ‘I’m so glad that I asked Amy for this recipe!’ kind of thing.

It’s how I found the La Pizza di Ricotta or Italian Easter Ricotta Pie . My friend Diana is from a big Italian family. She’s always talking about her Mom, and about how much fun they have creating huge meals for the family.

So that’s how I got the recipe for this amazing sweet ricotta pie recipe.

I also learned that there are sweet and savoury Italian Easter Pie.  The savoury one is actually like a pizza, with lots of delicious meats and cheeses baked in the pie crust.

Some of the names are Pizza Rustica or Pizza Chiena and these recipes come from different regions of Italy, and of course that’s where Diana’s parents are from.

Italian easter pie with chocolate chips on white cake plate straight on view
Elegant and delicious Sweet Italian Easter Pie!

Her Mom sounds really cool, and when I asked for some family favourite recipes, she share this amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Ricotta Pie. This is a sweet Italian Easter Pie.

I was thrilled to receive it and share it with you here today. Creamy ricotta cheese, a hint of orange and chocolate chips. No kidding! And just in time for Easter!

This sweet ricotta pie recipe has a pie sweet pie crust, and is not made with fats like butter or shortening, but oil instead. Diana explained that in the old country, they didn’t always have butter, so used oil when making pie crusts.

This recipe makes two small pies, so you get to enjoy one and maybe take the other to work, or share with your neighbour? I’m taking my spare to work, and then letting the kids know there is a pie. 🙂

sweet custard pie with chocolate chips and orange with slice cut and pie server underneath

Ingredients to make Sweet Italian Easter Ricotta Pie

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs


  • Ricotta cheese
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Chocolate chips
  • Orange zest


 Does ricotta pie need to be refrigerated? 

Yes, Ricotta pie, although baked should be refrigerated if you are not serving it right away.  My best advice is to let it come to room temperature before serving.

Can I freeze ricotta pie? 

Yes you can!  This recipe is for two pies, so we froze one for later! What is Italian basket cheese?

Are there different types of Ricotta Pie? 

Yes there are!  Some recipes have chocolate chips in them, some are plain.  It’s fun to experiment with different flavours.

Why are there two types of Italian Easter Pie?  

Italian Easter Recipes The savoury pie, that has meat and cheese baked in a pie crust is for a main dish, while the sweet Italian Easter Pie is served as a dessert. Each pie comes from a different region of Italy.  There’s a really cool story about at the Chicago Tribune!

slice of ricotta pie with chocolate chips on white plate with cake plate in background
Light and rich at the same time, this easy ricotta pie recipe is a classic.


  1. Use fresh ingredients including your vegetable oil.  Oil that’s been around for awhile will taste off, or go rancid
  2. Use the best dark chocolate chips you can buy.  You’ll be glad you did.
  3. Follow the instructions exactly.
  4. Let the pie cool completely before you wrap it and put it in the fridge.  I think it tastes better the next day.
  5. Dust the finished pie with powdered sugar and more orange zest.


Even though the basic ingredients listed are what is best to make an authentic pie, you can always change it up a bit to meet your cravings.

Add toppings – Make sure that you don’t overpower the flavor or texture of the traditional Italian Easter dessert, but you can add some simple toppings if you’d like. MORE mini chocolate chips are always a fun way to sprinkle some extra toppings on top of the pie.

Add a lattice crust – If you have any of the homemade crust leftovers, make a lattice top! The sweet crust is a beautiful addition that can really make the pie stand out!

When it comes to delicious recipes, this one stands out for sure!

How to serve

This traditional Easter dessert is perfect for Easter Sunday! It’s one of those Italian desserts that you’ll love sharing with all your family and friends. It’s popular this time of the year because it’s one of those pie recipes that just have that taste of family tradition. With it being perfect for Easter time, this delicious pie is one that I highly recommend you make and serve.

Sharing this authentic Italian ricotta pie recipe with family and friends is the perfect way to share and serve this recipe. There’s a reason that this family recipe is one that gets passed down from generation to generation.

If you’re worried about the creamy ricotta filling being messy, don’t be. It will hold its shape and be able to be cut and served easily. It may be an old recipe, but it’s a good one!

How to store

The savory ingredients that are used in this dish need to be stored and kept in the fridge. Make sure to add a lid to the ricotta cheese pie and keep it cold and covered until you’re ready to serve.

If you have a lid for your pie dish, you can just leave it right in there easily. (and if you don’t have a lid, plastic wrap will work, too!)


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I love this tart pan from Wilton Baking.  It’s slight non stick, but I always grease my tart pans thoroughly with unsalted butter so that the tart or pie comes out cleanly!


slice of ricotta pie or sweet Italian easter pie on white plate with powdered sugar
We can’t wait to eat this delicious Ricotta Pie with Chocolate Chips!

Sweet and creamy, this easy ricotta pie recipe is stuffed with chocolate chips and just a hint of orange will result in oooohhhs and ahhhhhhs from the family. In the Italian tradition, you could serve it at Easter, Valentine’s Day or really any time that chocolate is called for.

So few ingredients to put together, and this is a double recipe – so you end up with two pies! Chocolate pies are often showstoppers, and this Chocolate Chip Ricotta Pie is no exception.

If you like this recipe, please give it a 5 star rating.

ricotta pie on white cake plate with scalloped edging and orange by pedestal to the right

Sweet Italian Easter Pie

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

This easy ricotta pie recipe has delicious chocolate and orange flavours.  Easy to make it's so elegant when baked as a tart! The recipe makes two pies to feed a crowd! 


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs


  • 6 cups ricotta cheese, 3 - 475 g containers
  • 1/2 cup sugar, taste, then sweeten up to 1 cup
  • 4 eggs , beaten
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp orange zest


  1. Mix all pie crust dough ingredients together, separate into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour
  2. Take one ball and push it into a well greased tart tin (with a removable bottom) making sure the dough is pressed into the tin well, and up the sides
  3. Mix the eggs, ricotta cheese, chocolate chips, orange zest and sugar well.
  4. Pour half the mixture into the tart tin.  
  5. Repeat the same instructions for a 9" pie plate
  6. Bake each at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour  I found 55 minutes was perfect 
  7. Makes 2 pies
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 612Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 21g

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ricotta pie on white plate with scalloped edge with slice removed shows chocolate chips and orange zest Italian Easter Pie

This creamy ricotta pie or Italian Easter Pie will be a sweet addition to any dinner you host!

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Hi there, I'm Judy, it's awesome to meet you! I'm a writer, master pie baker and I've been helping people reach their personal and career goals for over 30 years.   I believe everyone should experience the joy of creating old fashioned recipes, just like Mom or Grandma used to make. And I also help you to create those memories for you and your family with Simple, Delicious, Wholesome recipes that you can learn to make. We also help you discover that Simple Living isn't just a concept.  It's a state of mind. Comforting food and Simple Living. It's all here. You can read more on my About page!


Friday 15th of April 2022

Can. I make the pie crust a day in advance and refrigerate it ?

Judy Kahansky

Friday 15th of April 2022

Yes absolutely!


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

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Judy Kahansky

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Hi Donna I’m happy to do that!

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