Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

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Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

When made with tomatoes in a variety of colors and sizes, this elegant tomato tart becomes a showstopper on your summertime table.


Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil


For the dough:

2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 oz./390 g) all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

20 Tbs. (2 1/2 sticks) (10 oz./315 g) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch (12-mm) pieces

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) ice water, plus more as needed


For the filling:

2 cups (16 oz./500 g) ricotta cheese

2 cups (8 oz./250 g) grated Parmesan

2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 1/2 lb. (750 g) heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick

Maldon sea salt for finishing

Small basil leaves for finishing


To make the tart dough, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour and salt and pulse 2 or 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) ice water and pulse 3 or 4 times. The dough should hold together when squeezed with your fingers but should not be sticky. If it is crumbly, add more water, 1 tsp. at a time, pulsing twice after each addition. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and shape into a 5-inch (18-cm) disk. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.


Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400°F (200°C).


On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick to fit a 10 1/4-inch (26-cm) round tart pan. Press the dough into the pan and trim, leaving a 1/2-inch (12-mm) overhang around the rim. Fold in the excess dough and press it into the sides so they are thicker than the bottom. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes.


Place the tart pan on a baking sheet. Place a sheet of parchment on top of the dough and fill the pan with pie weights. Bake for 12 minutes, then remove the parchment and weights and continue baking until the crust is baked through and light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely in the tart pan.


In a bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Using a small offset spatula, spread the mixture into the cooled tart shell. Top with the tomato slices and sprinkle with Maldon salt and basil leaves. Serve immediately. Serve 8.


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9 comments about “Heirloom Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil

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  2. Ed Tillett

    Looks good…but does not execute well. Too much ricotta and parmesan. Despite the summer concept, that much cheese served cold is not at all pleasing to the palate and overwhelming. Did someone forget to include baking the tart in the directions? Poor concept!

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  4. Kate

    This looks so yummy but…there is way to much cheese. It’s like biting into block of cold ricotta cheese. This is a fail. I’ll never make it again.

  5. Shannon Douglas

    Absolutely stunning recipe. I agree with the above comments though on the cheese to tomato ratio, as well as the description of the crust versus the butter-water to flour ratio. Far more sticky from the ingredients (with chilled butter and ice water), than the description suggests (crumbly and hold together when pinched).

    That said, I think it is a delicious idea and as a tomato lover worth playing around with. It does seem like the recipe was not properly tested before being posted since this is the consistent response.

  6. Elaine

    Just made it last night and I used sliced potatoes for the crust and baked it with everything in it. I think it could use and egg or two to set up the cheese a little more. Very tasty with the potato crust.

  7. Cindy

    I’ve had a Tomato Galette recipe for years that is similar but uses 1/2 C Ricotta and 1/2 C Parmesan. It bakes at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. We have always loved it. Worth a try for this one.

  8. Terez

    I just didn’t use all the cheese but I did make another tart. Big hit with my group!! I agree with Elaine.

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