Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart - a cheesy tart with tons of flavour that can be made in just a few minutes, with only 5 everyday ingredients!

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might think that this pesto tomato tart recipe sounds very ‘me’. It’s easy, it’s cheesy, and it uses nice, straightforward ingredients. But actually, this recipe was written by a lovely lady called Isabella, who wrote the blog Coriander Queen. Izzie passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 29.

Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart - a cheesy tart with tons of flavour that can be made in just a few minutes, with only 5 everyday ingredients!

As I’ve mentioned before, the food blogging community is a close one. Despite living all around the country (and even the world!), we food bloggers keep in touch with each other on a daily basis, we meet up in person regularly, and we try to support each other whenever we can – so we’re definitely feeling the loss of Izzie. She was warm and kind, and never seemed to let her illness bring her down. She was also passionate about food and blogging.

As a community, we thought we’d all pull together today to remember Isabella in the only way we know how – by cooking! We’ve each chosen a recipe from Izzie’s blog to share today, and I went for this easy pesto tomato tart. I’ve copied out my own version of the recipe below, since Izzie’s blog has now been taken offline.

Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart - a cheesy tart with tons of flavour that can be made in just a few minutes, with only 5 everyday ingredients!

As you’ll see from the title of this recipe, this pesto tomato tart only needs 5 simple ingredients – plus a little fresh basil for garnishing, if you’re feeling fancy. I actually nearly skipped the basil garnish, because the supermarket didn’t have the kind I usually buy – but when I saw what they were selling instead, I knew I had to get some.

Isabella basil

Isabella basil. I’m not sure whether I believe in fate, but if it exists, I imagine this is it.

Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart - a cheesy tart with tons of flavour that can be made in just a few minutes, with only 5 everyday ingredients!

I can’t drink wine at the moment, but if I could, I would have served a big glass of white alongside this pesto tomato tart, and raised it up high in a toast to Izzie. I hope you’re resting in peace.

Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart - a cheesy tart with tons of flavour that can be made in just a few minutes, with only 5 everyday ingredients!

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Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4 tarts

Ingredients

  • ~ 8 pieces sun-dried tomato
  • 200 g puff pastry (enough for 4 rectangles measuring ~ 6 x 5 inches)
  • 4 tsp basil pesto
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • Fresh basil, to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • If your sun-dried tomatoes are packed in oil, lay them on a piece of kitchen paper for a few minutes to drain any excess oil.
  • Roll out the puff pastry, and cut into 4 rectangles. Score a line around each rectangle, about 1cm in from the edge, to form a border (don’t cut all the way through the pastry). Prick the centre of each rectangle a few times with a fork.
  • Spread each pastry rectangle with a little basil pesto. Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and scatter over the pastry. Add a little black pepper, then bake for around 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is crispy and the cheese is golden brown.
  • While the tarts are baking, add the pine nuts to a dry frying pan, and toast over a medium heat for a few minutes, stirring regularly, until golden brown.
  • Serve the pesto tomato tarts with the toasted pine nuts and some fresh basil, if desired.
Author: Becca Heyes

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1 tart.