Looking for inspiration for meat free meals? Look no further! This colourful, delicious Mediterranean Vegetable Tart is both easy and nutritious. Provided you use pastry that contains only vegetable fats and vegetarian cheese, it’s completely vegetarian as well.
If you have leftover roast vegetables already in the fridge, this tart is the work of moments. However, even if you have to roast the vegetables specially, it is well worth any effort involved for the delicious flavour this colourful tart provides. It’s a great family main course or a delicious starter for a dinner party. If you cut the vegetables in smaller pieces before roasting, you can also cut this tart in tiny squares to serve as canapés at parties. Not only that, but you can serve it hot or cold.
Homemade pastry is perfect for this recipe if you have the time to make it, but it would be a shame to miss out you because don’t have the time to make pastry. I have to be honest, nine times out of ten, I use ready made pastry for this particular tart.
I make this in an 8 x 12 inch rectangular tart pan, but you can use a pie plate if you prefer. It’s very easy to put together. Here it is ready to go in the oven.
Mediterranean Vegetable Tart is delicious served with a salad. If you want to make the meal a bit heartier, simply add some boiled new potatoes with butter and fresh herbs to the menu.
- 1 ready made or homemade pastry to cover the bottom and sides of your chosen pan
- 1 large onion, peeled, quartered and cut in eighths
- 1 cup mushrooms, halved (or quartered if large)
- 2 peppers, assorted colours if possible, de-seeded, sliced and cut in roughly one inch squares
- 1 small to medium zucchini, cut in half and then in half moons, roughly half an inch thick
- 1 tablespoon mild olive oil
- 3 tablespoons passata or plain tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons basil pesto, homemade or store bought
- 1 to 2 handfuls of a meltable Mozzarella style vegetarian cheese
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Spread the prepared vegetables on a large baking sheet.
- Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat.
- Roast for 15 minutes, carefully turn the vegetables over and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes until nicely roasted but not too brown.
- Remove from the oven and let the vegetables cool to room temperature. (At this point the vegetables can be cooled and chilled for 3 to 4 days.)
- Reduce the oven heat to 350°F (175°C)
- Roll out the pastry and put it in the pie or quiche dish.
- Mix the tomato sauce and pesto together and spread the mixture over the bottom of the pie crust, coating right to the edges.
- Top the tomato and pesto mixture with the roasted vegetables, spreading them right out to the edge. Sprinkle with the cheese.
- Season lightly with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the pastry crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Allow the tart to sit for about five minutes after it comes out of the oven before slicing.