Parmesan & Leek Quiche

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A variation on the classic French cheese quiche, this Parmesan and leek quiche is rich and flavorful.

When I was studying abroad in France, every day for lunch I would walk to the pastry shop near my university and treat myself to an individual quiche fromage — a delicious little habit that quickly cost me all my skinny jeans. Over 20 years later, it is still one of my favorite things to eat. This parmesan and leek quiche is a wonderful variation on the classic French cheese quiche; the leeks impart a mellow, almost sweet onion flavor while Parmesan cheese makes the filling extra flavorful.

What You’ll Need To Make Parmesan & Leek Quiche

ingredients for parmesan leek quiche

I use a good-quality store-bought crust to save time but feel free to make your own if you prefer. The secret to success, whether you make the crust yourself or use pre-made, is to pre-bake it so it won’t be soggy.

For the cheese, it’s important to use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for this recipe. You can always tell if it’s authentic by looking at the rind, which is embossed with the name over and over. If the cheese is already grated, it should be labeled “Parmigiano Reggiano,” not “Parmesan.”

Leeks are part of the onion family, but they have a milder flavor. They’re notoriously sandy and dirty (and very good at hiding it) so it’s important to wash them well. To clean them, cut off and discard the root ends and thick dark green parts, then cut the leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse each half under cold water, pulling apart the layers to remove any grit that’s tucked inside.

How To Make Parmesan & Leek Quiche

poking the crust with a fork

To begin, preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the pie shell from the freezer and thaw it until just soft enough to easily prick with a fork (10 to 20 minutes). Prick the bottom and sides all over with a fork and bake on the center rack until lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 325°F.

While the crust bakes, melt the butter in small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

sautéing leeks

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 15 minutes. Do not brown. Taste and adjust seasoning (they should be well-seasoned). Set aside to cool.

sautéed leeks

In a medium bowl, combine the heavy cream, eggs, thyme, nutmeg, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

ingredients for custard in mixing bowl

Whisk well.

whisked custard

Spread the cooked leeks over the pre-baked pie shell, taking care not to puncture the crust. spreading cooked leeks over crust

Pour the egg mixture over top.

custard poured over crust; ready to bake

Bake at 325°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the custard is set and puffed.

baked parmesan and leek quiche

The quiche will deflate as it cools. Slice into wedges and serve hot or warm.

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Parmesan & Leek Quiche

A variation on the classic French cheese quiche, this Parmesan and leek quiche is rich and flavorful.

Servings: One 9-inch quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen deep-dish 9-inch pie shell
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped leeks, white and light green parts only, from 1-2 leeks
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the pie shell from the freezer and thaw it until just soft enough to easily prick with a fork (10 to 20 minutes). Prick the bottom and sides all over with a fork and bake on the center rack until lightly golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Don't worry if the crust cracks while baking; see note below on how to fix it. Turn the oven down to 325°F.
  2. Melt the butter in small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 15 minutes. Do not brown. Taste and adjust seasoning (they should be well-seasoned). Set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, eggs, thyme, nutmeg, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix well.
  4. Spread the cooked leeks over the pre-baked pie shell, taking care not to puncture the crust (it may be fragile around rim, or where there are air bubbles). Pour the egg mixture over top. Bake at 325°F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the custard is set and puffed. The quiche will deflate as it cools. Slice into wedges and serve hot or warm.
  5. Notes: Be sure to clean the leeks well, especially between leaves where there can be a lot of grit.
  6. Note: Don't panic if your crust cracks -- you can easily fix it. Make a smooth paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of flour with 1 tablespoon of water. Use your fingers to patch up and fill any cracks, then place the crust back in the oven for a minute or so to set. It should be good as new.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The quiche can be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the quiche from the freezer about 24 hours prior to serving and reheat it, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 551
  • Fat: 44 g
  • Saturated fat: 24 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 15 g
  • Sodium: 553 mg
  • Cholesterol: 229 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I made this quiche as part of a brunch menu. Everyone loved it. Only thing I did differently was to use half gruyere cheese with the parmesan. This is my go-to quiche recipe. Thank you Jennifer!

    • — J. Mansfield on July 11, 2021
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  • Do you have a formula for scaling down quiche filling for a regular crust? I haven’t found a frozen deep dish crust, and don’t always have time to make my own. Thanks!

    • — Ilana on July 4, 2021
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    • Hi Ilana, I wouldn’t make any modifications to the recipe; you may just have a little of the egg mixture left over. Hope you enjoy the quiche!

      • — Jenn on July 6, 2021
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    • For my taste buds, Marie Calendar’s frozen pie crust is the best I’ve ever used.

      • — J. Mansfield on July 11, 2021
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  • Outstanding! So creamy , so sublime ….wonderful flavor!
    Simple and elegant ..

    • — Marguerite Sokoloff on June 22, 2021
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  • Can I use this recipe for 4” quiche tarts?

    • — Doreen on April 19, 2021
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    • Sure, Doreen, that should work. Bake time will obviously be different so keep a close eye on them. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2021
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  • This quiche is sublime! So creamy, simple, and elegant. I’m sure that using a good quality, authentic Parmesan is key to getting the rich flavor along with subtle flavors of thyme and the leeks. It’s so rewarding to get such a great finished product, after trying other average tasting recipes ( from others). I made this a day before leaving for a lonnnnng awaited visit with family 6 1/2 hrs away. The quiches (I made the spinach one, too ( excellent, as well) were packed into my cooler and weren’t eaten until the following day for lunch. I can’t imagine them tasting better even if they had been eaten the same day as baking! Now that I know that pics can be posted on Instagram account I’ll definitely share after my next adventure!

    • — Maggi on April 10, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I have made this delicious quiche more than once. However, this time, the pre-made crust stuck to the pie pan. The only reason I can think of is that I did not cool the leeks before I added them to the pan. I also used a Pillsbury pre-made crust, which may have caused the problem. Can you think of any other reasons that the crust stuck to the pan? I am making the quiche again soon for some friends and don’t want to repeat my mistake.

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and advice!

    • — Hannah on April 4, 2021
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    • Hi Hannah, Sorry to hear you had a problem with the crust sticking this time around. Is it possible that a small amount of the filling leaked through a crack in the crust and into the pie pan?

      • — Jenn on April 6, 2021
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      • Yes, Jenn, I think you are right. I had one other question with regard to the quiche. I could not find heavy cream, so used heavy whipping cream this time around. Are they one and the same? Thanks again for your fabulous recipes and advice!

        • — Hannah on April 8, 2021
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        • Hopefully the mystery is solved. 🙂 Heavy cream haas slightly more fat than heavy whipping cream, but they are totally interchangeable.

          • — Jenn on April 8, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    When I switch this recipe from cups to metric, it remains in cups. I prefer to weigh everything. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks! Sue

    • — Susan on April 2, 2021
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    • Sorry about that Susan — I just fixed it. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 4, 2021
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  • This is a fantastic quiche. I’ve made others including quiche Lorraine and this is the best. I usually don’t write reviews but this merits a comment. THis recipe does not need any changes or adjusrments or additions. It transported me back to a French cafe with every bite.

    • — RUTH on March 20, 2021
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  • Jen, I’ve never used a frozen crust. Is there a frozen crust that you use? Thanks

    • — Susan on March 19, 2021
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    • Hi Susan, My favorite is Whole Food’s Wholly Wholesome. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 22, 2021
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      • I’m trying to cut calories and wondered if I could substitute the heavy cream for milk but am afraid it will be too runny. If I did this and added a bit of flour (or an additional egg?) to thicken the milk, would that work? What do you suggest? Thx

        • — Suzy on July 8, 2021
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        • Hi Suzy, I really recommend using the cream here but a few readers have commented that they’ve used milk successfully. (I don’t think you need to add flour or an extra egg.) Please LMK how it turns out!

          • — Jenn on July 8, 2021
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  • I just made this quiche again. It has become one of my favorites (although I also make the crustless broccoli and spinach quiche regularly). I love the technique for blind baking the crust and then baking the quiche at the lower temperature, it turns out so creamy. I was wondering if this would work using asparagus (and maybe gruyere or swiss)? Any recommendations for preparing the asparagus? I have your cookbook, which I love, and a folder full of printed onceuponachef recipes that I use all the time.

    • — Ruth on February 24, 2021
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    • So glad you like this (and the broccoli quiche)! I do think you could use asparagus here; just cut them into small slices and sauté with the leeks. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on February 24, 2021
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  • Who would have guessed that a leek, cousin of the simple onion, would kick a quiche up ten notches? The sweetness of the leeks as they saute’ filled the house with a delicious aroma. My husband came downstairs to see what was cooking for dinner and didn’t grumble about eating quiche at all! Using heavy cream, eggs, and the cheese as directed to make a custard that was poured over the leeks made my humble frozen crust sing as it went into the oven. The gentle flavor of the leeks combined with parm Reggiano was a winner at my table. This quiche is substantial and filling. Serving a salad and sliced fruit with it rounded out a delicious meal. It made us feel like we were sitting in a bistro in Paris or Provence instead of dining on our deck.

    • — Carol Hirsh Blechman on February 1, 2021
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  • This quiche is fantastic! I always make it crustless, less calories. Instead of spreading the leeks in the base of the pie plate I mix it into the custard with the Parmesan.

    • — Brandi on January 29, 2021
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  • What a delicious vegetarian quiche option. So easy to make. This is by far my favorite quiche recipe and will be my go to for a quick and easy supper or weekend brunch! Love it.

    • — Lillian Melnyk on January 28, 2021
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  • Love this recipe – the fresh thyme and parmesan make it very decadent; I made my own crust and served it with a green salad – beautiful presentation and delicious. I have made it a couple of times and it is always a hit. Note that I found I did not need all of the egg mixture – I may cut it down the next time by a quarter.

    • — cathleen on January 28, 2021
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  • This is by far my FAVORITE quiche, and what got me hooked on Once Upon a Chef. It’s SO easy and delightful and I find the extra care that goes into making my own crust and using top-notch ingredients… I too feel like I am in France! I always add extra thyme and make sure the Parmigiano is authentic like she mentions. (You can add extra of that too.) A favorite in my house. Try this out, you won’t regret it. I’m a huge fan of all the “French-inspired” recipes here!

    • — Amanda on January 28, 2021
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  • A great vegetarian quiche, savory and creamy. Using a frozen crust allows this to come together quickly. The most time consuming step is chopping the leeks. Delicious!

    • — Karen Beckman on January 28, 2021
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  • I don’t often review recipes, but I had to this time. My goodness girl that is good. My pie crust managed to puff badly and crack during the prebake even though I had pocked it. I used it anyway as it was too bad to repair. But it didn’t really matter. It still worked out.

    I don’t cook with leeks very often. And there are probably a lot of people out there that do not. It would’ve been helpful to me to have a picture of a leek cut at the right place so I would know how much of that light green I could actually use.

    • — Deborah on January 18, 2021
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  • Quiche is delicious – I made it with 5% cream which might have been the reason I needed to keep putting it back in the oven. So good though once it was done. I do have a photo too but don’t know where to add it?

    • — Kim on January 11, 2021
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    • Glad you liked it, Kim! Unfortunately, the blog isn’t set up to receive pictures but if you’re on Instagram, you can share it there; be sure to tag me @onceuponachef! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 12, 2021
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  • Great recipe…once again! Came together quickly and was very flavorful.

    • — Caryl Hartman on October 21, 2020
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  • Hi Jen, can I add sauteed purple onion? Do you have a recipe for crust? Thanks! Tal

    • — Taltal on September 24, 2020
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    • Yes and yes. 🙂 Here’s my recipe for homemade pie crust. Hope you enjoy if you try it!

      • — Jenn on September 24, 2020
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  • Jenn, would Gruyere cheese work with this recipe?

    • — Carol on May 6, 2020
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    • Sure!

      • — Jenn on May 6, 2020
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  • Can this quiche be made crustless? Could most quiches be made crustless? Why or why not?

    I have your cookbook and without question it has more usable and delicious recipes in its pages than any other cookbook I own. And I own a lot of cookbooks!

    • — Dianne Thomson on May 2, 2020
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    • So glad you like the cookbook!! I haven’t tried it, but I think you could make this crustless. It will pretty delicate but it should work. The primary reason you wouldn’t be able to make a quiche crustless is that it would be too delicate without the structure of the crust and very challenging to serve.

      • — Jenn on May 3, 2020
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      • Hi Jenn and Carol – I just wanted to share that I made this quiche this morning – crustless – and it was perfection! Delicious and served fine! Thank you for all of your delicious recipes, Jenn. When I try something from your site, I always know it will be a winner, and this was no exception!

        • — Cindy on May 10, 2020
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        • Thanks for weighing in, Cindy! 🙂

          • — Jenn on May 11, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn. Is it ok to use a refrigerated crust, not a frozen one? Do I still need to pre-bake it? Thank you! Mary

    • — Mary M on April 10, 2020
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    • Sure, and it should still be blind baked. Just follow the directions on the package for blind baking. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 10, 2020
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  • This is a wonderful dish–I have submitted an earlier review but have since made changes that might be helpful to viewers. I adore a very deep quiche: looks great and serves many people. I bought a 2-piece tin (with removable bottom) that is 2 inches deep. Its fluted sides are angled, so I knew it was important to measure its volume (9 1/2 liquid cups) in order to increase all ingredients to fill the tin. As an example, I used 2 1/4 cups whipping cream and 7 eggs. I make my own par baked crust (using leaf lard) and roll it a tad thicker as it has to stand up to a lot of liquid. This baked for about 75 minutes (until the wobbly centre had calmed down). It is very important that the crust has no tears/cracks as leakage compromises a clean release from the tin and detracts from presentation. This quiche looks great and the taste is amazing. I shared it with neighbours; one commented: “best quiche ever…..incredible”. Thank you Jen.

    • — Elaine Brown on April 7, 2020
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  • Wonderful quiche. I made it crustless because I don’t like making pastry and don’t like store bought shells.
    I found a tip for crustless quiche you might want to try. Mix equal parts of butter and finely grated parmesan and spread it thinly on the pie plate. It seems to make a crustless quiche come of the pan more easily. Have tried it with this recipe – hard to tell if it made a difference because it was the same type of cheese and another crustless quiche made with cheddar – and it did seem to form a kind of bottom crust.

    • — Marg K on March 18, 2020
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  • It would be great to have the nutritional information even if this isn’t the friend of skinny jeans!

    • — Lori on February 18, 2020
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    • I just added them! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 18, 2020
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  • Ms. Segal,
    This is the best quiche I have ever put in my mouth!
    Your recommendation to use lower heat and heavy cream turns it into a lovely custard. I’ve made it without a crust and it’s excellent that way too.

    Many thanks.

    • — Priscilla on January 16, 2020
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  • I love this because it’s easy ( especially with a pre-made pie crust) and so darn tasty. Genuine Parmesan is pricey so I sometimes use 50% Parmesan and 50% grated Swiss Gruyere which complements the flavors. I have also sautéed the leeks with thinly sliced Savoy cabbage to add more body to the custard. I hate waste so I often use the chopped green leek leaves in soups and stews. They are a flavorful addition to any broth as well.

    • — K Gaylin on January 16, 2020
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  • Can I sub lactose free half & half? I cannot find lactose free heavy cream….

    • — Kristen on October 29, 2019
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    • Sure Kristen, that will work. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 29, 2019
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  • Delicious! Followed the recipe exactly.

    • — Linda Katz on October 20, 2019
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  • So simple, I bet it’s terrific. Soon to be appearing in my kitchen. With leeks, if I’m cutting them up, I like to give them a quick rinse and then chop them. Then I drop them in my salad spinner that is filled with water and swish them around a bit and watch that grit fall to the bottom. Then it’s easy enough to drain them and give them a quick spin to dry.

    • — Robby H. on October 14, 2019
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  • Is it possible to make this recipe with sour cream instead of cream?

    • — H on August 21, 2019
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    • I don’t recommend it; sorry!

      • — Jenn on August 22, 2019
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  • Absolutely delicious! First time experiencing leeks! I will definitely be making this again!

  • This is the best quiche ever. One of my adults sons said it tasted like a Chef made it. My other son wouldn’t touch quite with a 10 foot pole, lol.

    This recipe introduced me to leeks and now I love them.

  • Do you think I could substitute chopped artichoke hearts for the leeks? I’ve had a artichoke and Parmesan quiche in a restaurant I loved.

    • Hi Judy, I wouldn’t leave out the leeks (or at least not all of them); I would just add chopped artichoke hearts (be sure they are well drained). I’d love to know how it turns out.

  • Have you tried this as a crustless quiche?

    • Hi Marg, It will very delicate but it should work. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it. 🙂

  • Jenn, Your leek quiche was absolutely wonderful!! Was a lovely addition to Easter dinner. Slightly over baked it and it was still light and fluffy. It is foolproof! Was so good, baking another one today, the day after Easter. Thank you!

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