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Pesto, cheese and tomato puff pastry tart – incredibly easy go-to dinner idea for families!

Pesto, cheese and tomato puff pastry tart

I will start off by saying that this recipe is SO delicious, and incredibly easy therefore how can it not be ideal for a quick dinner or lunch? Shop brought pastry, homemade pesto, juicy tomatoes and cheesy goodness – what more could you want?!

Its basically a puff pastry version of a pizza which is always good in my books. As much as I love and adore homemade pizza with fresh dough, this makes it so much easier if you don’t have time to sort out dough, or you don’t want a shop bought pizza!


Pesto needs its own mention here because let’s be honest, it is sooo underrated! When you put pesto with cheese, it is simply stunning! I have a recipe for pesto cheese straws and I am constantly whipping up a batch of these as a weekend treat!

I love pesto with this tart, with pizza and on every pasta dish I have. It is so simple to make your own too – you just need pine nuts, olive oil, basil leaves and parmesan cheese. Anything is always tastier when homemade too!

Puff pastry

The flaky puff pastry married with the pesto and cheese makes this tart so tasty and the ratio of topping to pastry is just perfect – I just love it! With the tomatoes then spread on top, you get all flavours in each mouthful – you will find it hard to just have one slice!

When making this I nearly always use pre-made puff pastry as it isn’t worth making your own (unless of course you want too, then go ahead!) as it’s such a quick dish! It’s perfect for a lunch in the garden, or its easy to have as a ‘lunch on the go’!


I love cooking quick and savoury dishes for my family, especially on a sunny afternoon when I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for too long! The fresh tomatoes give the dish the perfect amount of moisture.

This recipe might come as a shock – people forget I also bake savoury! There are lots of savoury recipes on my website to check out. My favourites will have to be the mini party sausage rolls or my delicious garlic bread rolls – yes please!


 I love to serve this tart with a fresh salad, and with a light homemade dressing – perfect light dinner on a summers evening or a perfect sandwich alternative to liven up lunchtime!

This tart can be enjoyed hot or cold so is perfect for a picnic alternative to a sandwich. When making a sheet tart like this, you can portion it however you wish making it fit your numbers perfectly. ENJOY!

Pesto, Cheese and Tomato Puff Pastry Tart!

Pesto, cheese and tomato puff pastry tart - incredibly easy go-to dinner idea for families!
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Category: Main Course
Type: Tart
Keyword: cheese, Pesto, tomato
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 peopl
Author: Jane's Patisserie



  • 1 pack puff pastry ready rolled is easier
  • 2 tbsp tomato purree
  • 2 - 3 tbsp green pesto
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese grated
  • 25 g parmesan cheese
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes halved

Homemade Pesto

  • 3 handfuls basil leaves
  • 1 handful pine nuts
  • 1 handful of grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan and line a large baking tray with parchment paper
  • Unroll the pastry sheet onto the baking tray and lie it down flat leaving an inch gap around the edge
  • Spread the tomato puree onto the pastry sheet as evenly as possible
  • If you're making your own pesto, simple blitz the basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese in a food processor until fine
  • Pour in a few tablespoons of oil to get the consistency you want - I keep mine quite stiff!
  • Flavour with salt and pepper as you please
  • Dollop on the pesto, and sprinkle over the grated cheddar and parmesan
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until cooked through and golden
  • ENJOY!


  • You can easily leave out the tomato puree, but I loved the added tomato flavour!
  • You can also use other vegetables or your favourite things for example - I add in olives for my family as they love them.
  • This is best served fresh and straight out of the oven, but will keep covered in the fridge over night!


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  1. Julie on January 21, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    5 stars
    Dear God this was delicious..! (I did sneak some garlic into the pesto) Fab U Lous..!!

  2. Jane's Patisserie on August 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Awwh I’m so glad it went down so well! 🙂

  3. bitsofnice on June 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I made these types of tarts a lot at home, as you say they are so tasty and quick! Love your combinations too. I hadn’t made one in a while and this has reminded me! Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Awwh thank you, I love these tarts so much as there’s so many things you can do! And it’s okay! 🙂

  4. Daniela Pozzobon on June 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hi, Jane! Is there on your blog any recipe I could use to make a puff pastry? Here in Brazil they don’t sell it ready made hehe 🙂 Thanks!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Oh noo! I’m sorry but I don’t, I use a recipe from my cookery school but there are many online you can use 🙂

    • Daniela Pozzobon on June 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks anyway, Jane!! 🙂 Your blog is awesome.

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Thank youuu!

  5. Pistachios on June 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I absolutely love puff pastry, and would probably happily eat it plain, but I suppose adding pesto and tomato sounds alright ;P
    Also like that your measures for the pesto are in “handfuls” – that’s my kind of recipe!

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Same, puff pastry is my weakness! Hahah and yes, I always find pesto is one of those things where it doesn’t really matter the amounts you put in 🙂

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