tomato ricotta tart on cooling rack

Easy Tomato Ricotta Tart

Delicious and easy Tomato Ricotta Tart, starts with store-bought puff pastry, with caramelized onions, a bit of Pecorino cheese and lovely tomatoes on top.

I’m all about the puff pastry lately, it seems :) It’s just so hard to beat that easy, buttery, flaky, always in my freezer stuff. This past weekend, I made Easy Strawberry Pot Pie with it. With the sheet that was leftover, this Tomato Ricotta Tart was born.

If you’ve come home from the Farmer’s Market with some beautiful Summer tomatoes, this tart is a very worthy destination for them. This tart is also a great Summer meatless meal, served with a simple salad.

I started my tart with some heirloom tomatoes. Underneath, a sprinkling of Pecorino cheese, dollops of ricotta cheese and a base of caramelized onions and garlic. It all sits on top of a sheet of easy, store-bought puff pastry.

This one comes together quickly and needs only 25-30 minutes in the oven. The only part you’ll want to take your time with is cooking the onions, to be sure they’re beautifully caramelized. You can do this part ahead if you like!

Enjoy this tart warm or at room temperature.

Easy Tomato Ricotta Tart

Ingredient Notes for Tomato Ricotta Tart

Tomatoes: Use the nicest tomatoes you can find, whatever the time of year. If it’s Summer, look for perfectly ripe and juicy field-ripened tomatoes. Heirloom are nice if you can find them and add some extra colour to this tart. In the Winter months, I usually reach for Roma or plum tomatoes, which seem to have the nicest flavour that time of year.

Puff Pastry: Look for the pre-rolled sheets of frozen puff pastry, as they are just so much easier to use it a tart like this. They also thaw a lot more quickly. If you only have a frozen block puff pastry, simply roll one block into a 9 or 10-inch square.

Onion: I typically use just regular old yellow cooking onions here. If you only have red onion around, that will do just fine.

Garlic: Note that the garlic here is sliced instead of minced. The thicker slices are not only easy, but the bigger pieces won’t burn and become bitter while cooking along with the onion.

Ricotta Cheese: I always use full-fat dairy products, so I haven’t tested this one with a lower-fat version. They may be a little looser than full fat, but other than that, should work here. If you have an option, go for the firm ricotta, otherwise, use what you have.

Pecorino: Pecorino has such a salty and tangy lovely flavour, which is a great foil for the tomatoes. It’s also a nice change from the usual Parmesan. That said, if you just have Parmesan on hand, that will work. Maybe use a touch more.

Basil: Basil and tomatoes were meant to be together! While fresh it best, even if you only have dried, go ahead and sprinkle some on the tomatoes, to enjoy the lovely flavour. If using fresh basil, hold off sprinkling it on top until the tart has cooled slightly, as basil will turn black when it comes in contact with hot food.

Salt and Pepper: The seasoning is what brings all these lovely flavours together, so don’t skimp. I like to season each part of this tart, so I season the onions as they cook. I season the ricotta after I drop it on and then finally, I season the tomatoes before baking.

Cook’s Notes for Tomato Ricotta Tart

Do note that you want to heat your baking pan as well as your oven. Placing the tart on a hot pan will help to ensure that your tart has a firm and crispy bottom :)

Taking the time to cook the onions until they are caramelized, adds a ton of extra flavour and really takes this easy tart over the top in the deliciousness department. It’s worth the extra time.

My method for caramelizing onions, is to cook in a bit of oil until they soften and start to colour. I then add a splash of water (about a tablespoon), stir and cook some more. Then another splash of water and a pinch of sugar. The bit of water loosens up the golden bits in the pan and helps to bring that flavour into the onions. Repeat as needed with water until the onions are lovely and brown.

Be sure to cool the onions and garlic before placing on the puff pastry, to avoid the heat from softening the pastry. This is easiest if you remove them from the pan to a (cool) plate once they are ready. They’ll be cool enough to use in 5-10 minutes.

A drizzle of balsamic glaze over-top would never be out of place with this tart, if you’d like or maybe a balsamic vinaigrette with a side salad.

This tart is lovely served warm or at room temperature. Leftovers will keep in the fridge, though the puff pastry will soften as it sits, especially with the tomato topping. If you want to enjoy the leftovers warm, pop onto a baking sheet and place in a 350F oven for 5-10 minutes. That should re-crisp it up a bit.

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Easy Tomato Ricotta Tart

tomato ricotta tart on cooling rack

Easy Tomato Ricotta Tart

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: puff pastry tart with tomatoes and ricotta, tomato tart with puff pastry
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Energy: 472 kcal
Author: Jennifer

Starts with easy, store-bought puff pastry, caramelized onions, ricotta, pecorino cheese and beautiful tomatoes.

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Ingredients

  • 1 sheet all-butter puff pastry thawed
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino cheese grated, packed or Parmesan
  • 3 large tomatoes sliced, about 9 slices
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Fresh basil sliced, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place a baking sheet in the oven to warm while the oven heats up.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until the onion softens and begins to colour. Add about 1 Tbsp water to the pan and stir. Allow to cook, stirring regularly and adding a splash more water as needed, along with a pinch of sugar, until the onions are caramelized. Remove caramelized onions to a clean plate to cool 5-10 minutes before proceeding.
  3. Place thawed puff pastry sheet on a sheet of parchment paper. Scatter caramelized onions and garlic evenly over pastry, leaving about 1/2-3/4 inches of the edges bare. Spoon dollops of ricotta cheese overtop and then season ricotta lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle evenly with Pecorino cheese. Top with tomato slices, covering the top, overlapping just slightly (about 9 slices). Season tomatoes with salt and pepper then drizzle lightly with a bit more olive oil.
  4. Remove hot baking sheet from oven. Carefully transfer tart, on parchment, onto the hot baking sheet. Place into the 400F oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully pull the parchment paper out from under the tart. Return to the oven and bake another 3-5 minutes, or until the underside and edges are golden.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to stand 5-10 minutes. Scatter sliced fresh basil over-top. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Be sure to read the “Ingredient and Cook's Notes" (above the recipe card!), where I share more detailed tips, variations and substitution suggestions for this recipe!

 

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14 Comments



  • Nothing better than juicy summer tomatoes Jennifer! And I love how easy this recipe is!

  • Clearly I need to stock up on puff pastry! I’m still thinking about your strawberry pot pie, and this tomato ricotta tart is everything I love. I would totally pair this with a side salad for lunch or dinner and be quite happy!

  • What I love about this recipe is that it is a perfect showcase for quality ingredients, especially the tomatoes. Can’t wait to find some love heirloom tomatoes at the market and give these a try.

  • My heart is singing!! So happy I had to make a trip to the grocery store…though I would have gone just for this, anyway!! Wonderful!

  • I’ve had various success rates with tomato tarts based on the juice level of the tomatoes. Should I salt and drain the slices of tomatoes before putting them on the tart?

    • Hi Kathleen, I’ve had the same experience, but believe it or not, this one contains itself quite nicely. If you’re worried, I think heirloom tomatoes are the best choice, as they tend to have relatively hollow middles :) Also, per the recipe, heating the baking sheet keeps the crust nice and crispy. I found that virtually no tomato liquid ran off this tart at all.

  • This is my kinda recipe! So perfect for entertaining or even a simple summer meal with a side salad! Delicious, Jennifer!

  • This is such a lovely recipe! What better way to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes than on a crispy pastry with creamy ricotta cheese. LOVE this recipe and can’t wait to make it.

I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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