Summer’s Bounty: Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart

“I want us to be a family that fishes!” exclaimed my husband. And that is how we became the fishing family. The end!

Not so fast, there is a bit more to the story. Let me start by first saying we are yet to catch anything. It all began a few months ago when I, yes I, declared that I would love to go fishing. I’ve only been once before and remembered it to be a grand time. Call it beginners luck but I actually caught something that day and it appears that might be the only time I will catch anything. Kurt, oh my Kurt, loves to take an idea and turn it into a grand hobby. You see, he remembers fishing Lake Tahoe as a kid which is slightly different from fishing in New Jersey. With his grand memories and his love of fishing, he bought us a collection of fishing rods and all kinds of “stuff” so we can become these avid fishermen. We went lake fishing this past Sunday. I will leave it at that, but we spent quality time as a family and for that I am thankful.

While my avid fishermen were doing their thing, I, of course had to put the camera to action. I wish I had my DSLR with me that day, but I think you will all agree that the IPhone did a pretty stellar job capturing the moment.


Kurt and I are giving fishing another try this weekend. Let’s see how that goes.

Don’t worry, this blog is not going to become the Fishing Chronicles. Food is still the main focus here so let’s get to it.

Heirloom Tomato Tart

I love heirloom tomatoes!!! I love everything about them, the look, the smell and certainly the taste. They are the ultimate summer’s bounty and I crave these beauties all year long. What separates this tart from any other is the pesto ricotta goodness nestled underneath the tomatoes. You’ll just have to make this for yourself to find out.

pie shell

Heirloom Tomato Tart     Kathy Sig 2

Summer's Bounty: Heirloom Tomato Tart


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Serves: 6

  • 1 packaged pie crust
  • ½ cup ricotta
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • 2 heiroom tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pie weight or beans
  • tin foil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out the packaged pie crust ad press it into a tart pan, trimming the excess dough around the edges.
  3. Using a fork gently poke holes in the crust. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on top and fill with pie weights (or beans). Bake for 12 minutes. Discard the beans and bake until go den brown, another 10 minutes.
  4. Allow the shell to cool completely.
  5. Meanwhile, mix 1½ tbsp of basil pesto into ricotta in a small bowl. In a separate bowl mix red onions, olive oil, salt and the rest of pesto.
  6. Spread the ricotta mixture, top with tomatoes and the red onion mixture.
  7. Serve immediately.
If serving at a party, arrange tomatoes right before serving.




  1. says

    I love fishing, Kathy! I used to go all the time when I was younger on family vacation. I did just go fishing about a month ago…the first time in many years, and I had a blast!

    This tart looks delicious! I love the flavors, especially the pesto. And love how easy this is to prepare, too!
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  2. says

    Hi Kathy!

    I love heirloom tomatoes as well, Thrive on them. I tried last year a tomato tart but bombed it! Time to try again. I will give yours a whirl.

    Now if your blog becomes the fishing chronicles, my hubby will be your biggest fan. He comes from a family that used to do charters on Lake Ontario so he’d be right in. Now if he’d only actually eat the fish.
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  3. says

    Your a better woman than I am Kathy! We are in Tennessee and our hometown is right next to Kentucky Lake. My husband loooooves to fish, but I just don’t care for it. I guess I just have trouble sitting still for that long! ha! But this tomato tart, I am all over! I love that you added pesto, that is the perfect flavor combo!
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  4. says

    Fishing is so peaceful. I bet your little lady is having the best time going fishing with you guys! Hopefully soon you’ll start catching some fish and frying it up.

    This tart sounds so good! I love that basil ricotta. Smart way to use up all the tomatoes in the garden. Such pretty pictures too Kathy!
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  5. says

    Great pic – have fun fishing this weekend and hope you catch some fish:)
    This is such a gorgeous tart! Love heirloom tomatoes – it sounds fantastic with the basil pesto and ricotta!

  6. says

    What a gorgeous tart and such a great way to use those fresh, sweet tomatoes! I love the idea of fishing as a family, it seems like such a great way to spend quality time together. When I was little I would go fishing with my Dad at my cottage and I still have fond memories from those afternoons to this day.
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