Tomato tart

It’s amazing what you can turn ready-rolled pastry and sweet tomatoes into, with homemade pesto for extra flavour!
Serves: 6
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs:Cheap as chips


    • 375g packet of ready-rolled puff pastry
    • Beaten egg, for glazing
    • 500g (1lb) cherry tomatoes, red and yellow, halved
    • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • Salad, to serve

Want to make this for under £1 head?
Cost: £4.04 (Asda) 4p extra but use the leftover ¾ jar of pesto for a cheap pasta!
Items: 2 x cherry tomatoes (250g) £1.64, Smartprice green pesto (190g) 88p, Jus Rol ready-rolled puff pastry (375g) £1.52

(Prices correct at time of writing. See mysupermarket for more deals).

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    1. Set the oven to 220°C or gas mark 7.
    1. Unroll the pastry and trim around the edges, discarding the trimmings. With a knife, score a line through the pastry, but not cutting all the way through, about 1-2cm (½-¾in) inside the edge of the rectangle. Score the rim around the pastry edge in a criss-cross pattern, again, taking care not to cut all the way through. Slide the pastry on to a baking sheet.
    1. Brush egg glaze around the edge of the pastry, taking care that the glaze doesn’t run down over the sides, otherwise the pastry won’t rise properly.
    1. Spread the pesto over the pastry, inside the scored line. Arrange the tomatoes on top, cut-side up. Drizzle olive oil over and season with salt and pepper.
    1. Bake the tart, at the top of the oven, for 20-30 mins, until the pastry is a golden colour and crisp at the edges, and the tomatoes have started to soften.
    1. Remove tart from the oven and serve hot or warm with a green salad. (Not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional information per portion

fat 20.0g saturates 8.0g calories 300(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.