Tomato, ricotta & pecorino tart

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes to 40 minutes
  • Total time: 55 minutes

Serves: 4 - 6


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Flour, for dusting
2 tsp fennel seeds
250g block (½ x 500g pack) Cooks’ Ingredients Frozen Puff Pastry, defrosted
½ x 250g tub essential Waitrose Italian Ricotta
25g Pecorino Romano Cheese, finely grated
300g pack Waitrose Red Choice Tomatoes, thickly sliced
Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6 and put a baking sheet in to heat up. Warm 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the onions. Season and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes, until golden. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. Leave to cool.

2. On a lightly floured surface scattered with the fennel seeds, roll the pastry into a circle a little larger than 26cm. Place, seed-side up, onto a second baking sheet. Using a 26cm plate as a template, trim the pastry to a perfect round. Discard the trimmings.

3. Leaving a 1cm border, spread the cooled onions and garlic over the pastry. Dot with spoonfuls of ricotta, sprinkle with the pecorino, then top with the tomatoes. Season with black pepper, then drizzle with the remaining olive oil.

4. Place the tart on its baking sheet into the oven, on top of the sheet that has been heating up – this will make the base crisp. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden. Drizzle with a little more oil and sprinkle with thyme before serving hot or cold. Great with a dressed rocket salad.