30-Minute Fresh Heirloom Tomato Tart Recipe With Lemon, Herbs & Ricotta by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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7 days ago
30-Minute Fresh Heirloom Tomato Tart Recipe With Lemon, Herbs & Ricotta

I love fresh tomatoes. This heirloom tomato tart recipe made with puff pastry, lemon and fresh herb ricotta cheese is a perfect meal in less than 30 minutes.

This easy and delicious tomato tart recipe is perfect served with (or without) a glass of Sauvignon blanc. Cheers!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 to 8


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • balsamic glaze

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F degrees. Line the backside of a large baking sheet with parchment paper that has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  
  2. Unwrap the puff pastry and unfold onto the prepared baking sheet. Using a fork, poke deep holes into the dough with the exception of a 1/2-inch perimeter around the edges. This will prevent the dough from rising in the center, consequently giving your tart a beautiful border. Bake the pastry for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, lemon juice, zest, thyme, big pinch of the chopped parsley and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well. Spread mixture onto the top of the cooled puff pastry crust. 
  4. Top with sliced tomatoes and garnish with additional parsley, thyme, fresh basil leaves and a very light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze. Sprinkle the top of the tart with the desired amount of black pepper and kosher salt. 


  • Add Parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella.
  • Add any of your favorite herbs or sprinkle with your favorite salad dressings.
  • You can also cook the tomato with the puff pastry, and then add the cheese after cooling.

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Donna John
Makes me regret not growing tomatoes this year. Chef Gigi Gaggero
So much better than pizza, yum!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
I am in love with heirloom tomatoes. One of my summer faves. Great idea for a fresh and fun lunch or dinner. Chef Gigi Gaggero strikes again! #yum
Jaime Gómez
Good combination of ingredients. A fun idea to share with friends.
So pretty and yummy!

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