Ricotta-Pineapple Pie

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe here on the blog for a long time. Oddly, I’d planned on making it this weekend – had all the ingredients in the fridge, waiting. But with the sad news this week, I wanted to make it so I could share it with you guys today.

This is one of the first desserts I made when learning to cook, The Sopranos Family Cookbook being one of the first cookbooks I owned. Needless to say, the show…and it’s anti-hero Tony Soprano, played by beloved James Gandolfini, hold a special place in my heart. Over the years there were so many great moments, and characters. Paulie Walnuts, Janice, Junior, Livia… I still find myself wondering what the characters would be up to today.

If anything, I know this ricotta pineapple pie would be in their lives. Carmella always made it when she wanted to “butter” someone up for a favor. The first time I made it I remember thinking that it was unlike anything I’d ever made before. The ricotta gives it such a unique texture and lightness, and not too sweet. And the pineapple topping is just the right amount of sweetness, with a hint of tart from the addition of fresh lemon juice.

I’ve modified a few things over the years. I like to use fresh pineapple instead of canned. I’ve found it has better flavor, and texture. Also, I use a blind-baked pie crust, as opposed to the graham cracker crust. It holds up better, making pretty slices possible.


  1. Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    I have a friend who loves pineapple pie, but I’ve never made it. This looks like a great variation (adding the ricotta). Must try!

  2. Posted June 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    Gorgeous pic {as usual!} What a lovely way to pay tribute too. It looks like a great version of a pineapple cheesecake!

  3. Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    I adore the pineapple cheese combo so I am sure I will love this!

  4. jill
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    the minute i saw this, i immediately thought of the sopranos. one of my all time favorite shows. so sad about the passing of james gandolfini.

  5. Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    This looks beyond delicious! Beautiful tribute!

  6. Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    I watched the Sopranos religiously until it ended, so I was saddened to hear that James Gandolfini died suddenly. This pie, on a happier note, looks just amazing.

  7. Posted June 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    I had leftover pineapple sauce from another dessert I made and thought it was perfect when I saw this recipe. What a great idea to make ricotta pineapple pie! Sounds delicious!

  8. Posted June 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    What a gorgeous pie! I think I could eat an entire pie myself – I don’t feel like sharing!

  9. Posted June 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    This is one of the first recipes I cooked from that cookbook too. My mom always made ricotta cheese cakes growing up, and I remember eating a version like this somewhere too. I’m so glad you posted this, it looks absolutely delicious and I love reading your changes.
    I loved J Gandolfini, the show, the characters…ironically I was watching an episode the night before he passed – it had been so long and I told my husband we should start from season 1 and watch again. We feel like we lost a family member…RIP James Gandolfini.

  10. Elizabeth Schemmer
    Posted July 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Can you mix in the pineapple instead of layering it on top?

  11. Posted April 27, 2019 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

    This was awesome my 94 year old mother said it was better than her recipe

    • Posted May 1, 2019 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

      Joe – I think this is the highest compliment I’ve ever received. Salute!

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