How to make Utica New York Tomato Pie

Tomato pie is a classic dish that is beloved by residents of Utica, New York. This delicious savory pie is made with a thick, crispy crust, a layer of tangy tomato sauce, and topped with a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. If you want to try making tomato pie at home, here is a simple recipe to get you started.


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For the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup cold shortening, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed

For the filling:

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the butter and shortening and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the fat into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.

  3. Add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough comes together and forms a ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle that is about 1/4-inch thick. Transfer the dough to a 9-inch pie dish and trim the edges.

  5. Spread the tomato sauce over the bottom of the crust.

  6. Drizzle the olive oil over the tomato sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  7. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the tomato sauce.

  8. Bake the tomato pie for 30-35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  9. Let the tomato pie cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Enjoy your homemade tomato pie with a side salad or a glass of red wine. This classic Utica dish is perfect for any occasion, and it's sure to become a family favorite in no time!


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