Tomato and Ricotta Tart

September 6, 2016
Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

“I have a core belief.  Life is always happening for us, not to us, and it's our job to find out where the benefit is.

If we do, life is magnificent”     ~ Tony Robbins

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It's Labor Day and

I'm laying on the sofa with pillows propping me up, the puppies napping across my lap, and soft sunlight coming through the patio door.  It's been such a beautiful weekend, with picture-perfect weather and college football on the radio.

Around here, we've been laying low — a simple lunch with friends and a birthday party for our grandson at the park.  I'm thankful for the chance to finally be still, time to close my eyes and simply breathe.

I've been ready for the weekend since the sun went down last Sunday.  Little did I know the black swan week that lay ahead.

Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

A week when your husband is traveling, and you're on your own with the two new puppies.

“Are you sure you'll be ok if I go?  Nothing bad will happen if I postpone.”

“Of course Sweetie.  Everything is under control.”

and there's a large upgrade at work that seems to have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.

“Did you get much sleep last night?

“Not so much, but I'll catch up tonight.”

and a paper due for your latest class

“How's your paper coming along?”

“About the same, but tomorrow I'll have time to make progress.”

and a child that's melting down

“Do you need me to come home?”

“Nope, I've got this.  Really, I'm good.”  (I think?)

Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

“We live in a world where most of us are looking for what's wrong.  What's wrong is always available.  So is what's right.  And if you don't take control of your focus, everything in your life will disappear”     ~ Tony Robbins

It's weeks like this one that remind me just how easy it is to slip into a cycle of negativity.  How easy it is to become overwhelmed with the question marks, to glance at our to-do lists and see nothing but what's required of us, what's expected of us and for us,  and think perhaps

this is all there is

But sometimes a sleepy kitty ambles into your office early in the afternoon, and you can tell she's been missing you.  Her eyes ask

“Can I come sit on your lap?”

This, my fluffy one, is a question I can answer, and at that moment it's a gentle reminder that it's time to reverse course.  That no matter how bleak it seems, or overwhelmed we feel, there are far more things filling our days that are right

then those that are wrong

Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

“The reason we're suffering is we're focused on ourself, and the antidote to this is appreciation.  Trade your expectations to appreciation and your life will change”     ~ Tony Robbins

That it's time to re-find your center, and this too shall pass.  The husband whom you love will soon return home, a child will find their way, deadlines will be met, and all of the in-betweens will somehow work themselves out

That it's time to step away from the screen, from the projects that really aren't so urgent, and simply breathe.  To go for a walk and notice all that's beautiful along your path

To find the place of quiet deep within your spirit, succumb to the urge to sleep in, stay put, soak in a long afternoon at home,  watching the sunlight arrive in tiny patches along your (badly in need of dusting) desk, hot tea mug nearby, cooking magazines at the ready.

Just you and the day

Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

Not long ago, Tim Ferriss interviewed Tony Robbins.  It's one of the best podcasts I've listened to in a very long time.

While it's a treasure trove of information on many different topics, last week I had this section on repeat every time I felt myself complaining, feeling sorry for myself, or wishing my husband were around to tell me a joke and lighten the mood

(Food for thought)

“Can you imagine if you were the creator and you came to one of your creations, and you say to this person ‘Joe, how do you like what I created for you?'

And Joe says ‘Geez God, I mean there's a lot of sh<>t here.

Couldn't you just have kept it at 70 degrees?  Why do you have to change all these temperatures and make to tough.  And man, you've got all these stupid people I've got to deal with all the time.  They're always getting in my way.  And you know, I don't want to work for a living, and plus you've got these little red ants that bite me and they hurt.  Why would you create these annoying ants?'

If you're God, do you want to hang out with this person?

If you're a human, do you want to hang out with this person?

If you're God and you go to somebody else and say ‘How's it going with the creation I gave to you?

 The guy says ‘Hey, this is so incredible.  It's the most beautiful place I can ever imagine: the sky, the air, the water.  There are so many different people who challenge me, help me to grow and learn, and people I can love.  And oh my .. God, you even created these red ants.  These red ants are so tiny.  I'm a thousand times their size, and they're so courageous, they even bite me.  Isn't it cool what you created here'”     ~ Tony Robbins

Tomato and Ricotta Tart - Savory ricotta on puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme & olive oil

This long weekend included a quiet lunch with friends, along with this tart.  It's seriously delicious.

A great way to use fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes.  Serve the tart as an appetizer, side dish, or even a light lunch.

Savory ricotta on flaky puff pastry that is studded with tomato slices that have been roasted with a hint of garlic, thyme and olive oil.



~ Adapted from Plenty More by Ottolenghi

Tomato and Ricotta Tart


  • scant 2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/3 cups fresh bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • Tbsp ricotta
  • scant 3½ tbsp finely grated Parmesan
  • ½ cup thyme leaves
  • 13 oz puff pastry
  • sunflower oil for greasing
  • lb medium tomatoes about 10, cut crosswise into slices 3/8 inch thick
  • 24 black olives pitted
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 475° F.
  • Using a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and aerated.
  • While on medium speed, slowly add the eggs. (If the mixture separates, add some bread crumbs to bring it back together and keep on adding the eggs)
  • Stop the mixer, add the bread crumbs, almonds and garlic, and work until everything is just combined.
  • Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the ricotta, Parmesan, half the thyme leaves and ¼ tsp salt.
  • Fold gently until just combined, then set aside.
  • Roll out the pastry into 2 rectangular sheets each about 8 x 12" and 1/16 inch thick. Grease 2 baking sheets with a little bit of sunflower oil and lay your pastry pieces on top.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the almond mixture evenly over the pastries, leaving a ¾-inch border around the edge.
  • Lay the tomato slices on top of each rectangle in 3 long rows, with a fair amount of overlap in the rows and between them.
  • Sprinkle the olives and the remaining thyme over the top.
  • Drizzle the tomatoes with half the olive oil and season with ¼ tsp salt and a good grind of black pepper.
  • Bake the tarts in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Turn the temperature down to 400º F and continue baking for another 8 to 10 minutes, until the base is golden brown.
  • At the halfway point, switch the pans between the racks and rotate them back to front to ensure the tarts color evenly.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  • Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top and serve.
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Calories 389
Total Fat 28.75g
Carbohydrates 24.7g
Sugars 3.17g
Protein 10.17g
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  • Reply Ana De- Jesus March 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I agree that it can be so easy to slip into a cycle of negativity so we need to remind ourselves of what we have and why we should be grateful for it. I like the sound of this ricotta tart, mmm x

  • Reply Joanna May 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I should listen to the podcast interview, I know how positive Tony Robbins can be and from your snippet it looks like it’s a really good listen. Your recipe on the other hand sounds delicious as well. I think one of life’s little pleasures are roasted tomatoes.

  • Reply Jana Carrero May 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Really loving the relaxing nature of this post. Great little reminders (especially with that Tony Robbins quote) and great recipe too!

  • Reply Chelsea Elizabeth May 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I really like the sound of this tart! I love anything tomato based and this would be great for a quick light lunch during the warmer months and it’s simple enough even for me (the disastrous cook) to attempt!

  • Reply Judi May 3, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    If only my boyfriend didn’t hate tomatoes. Oh well! Sucks for him because I’ll eat one of these by myself lol.

  • Reply Akamatra May 4, 2017 at 1:46 am

    I am into fasting therapy and my diet could surely use this mouthwatering tart! And just in time for fresh tomatoes too!

  • Reply Terri Beavers May 4, 2017 at 3:01 am

    5 stars
    This is it. My new afterschool snack that is. I’ve been searching for snacks that the grandkids will eat after school that’s not in line with chips, soda or ice cream, lol. I’m sure I’m going to love it as well.

  • Reply Robin rue May 4, 2017 at 4:25 am

    This tart sounds absolutely delicious. I grew up in a big Italian family, so ricotta is one of my staples in life.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Oh yum how absolutely delicious does this look, I just want to reach through the screen and grab a piece to snack on right now!

  • Reply Adam S May 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    WOW! I really like the look of this tart and I am always looking for new ideas to have interesting delicious veggie packed meals.

    Thank you for the great recipe, this looks like its going to be on our menu in our house for sure!

  • Reply Jeanette May 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    That look incredible! That would be a great start to my Cinco De Mayo party (even if it is not Mexican!). I wish you delivered!

  • Reply Melanie May 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This looks amazing I do love puff pastry tarts they are so simple yet tasty and you can make so many different combinations. This one looks so vibrant and my mouth is watering. I wish I had one now I’ve missed lunch today as I didn’t have time to eat.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 4, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I can resonate with this feeling of never ending lists and feeling like you can’t get through things. My mind is always jumping to the amount of things I need to achieve and get anxious as a result. But your right, we can wait and good things will come x

  • Reply Rahul Khurana May 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I loved how simply you have written the thoughts of your mind. I liked the conversations going on in between. You have mentioned some really good quotes that should be followed. Your way of conveying the words to your reader is appreciable. And most importantly the snack looks so yummy. 🙂

  • Reply Rahul Khurana May 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

    5 stars
    I like how simply you have written down your thoughts. Your way of writing down the words is really good. I loved those conversations in between. And most importantly the tomato ricotta snack looks so yummy! 🙂

  • Reply Elena May 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    5 stars
    I am not a fan of pastry tarts but I think I can make an exception this time because I really like the combination you have made this time.

  • Reply Clare May 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Ahhh just another time that I hate my lactose intolerance…
    I’ll try to recreate it with cheese substitute! xx
    ♥ xoxo

  • Reply Tamara May 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Your photos are luscious! Someone brought a tomato tart to a potluck we were having, but it had a cheese I couldn’t eat (feta). Ricotta is one of my favorites. I need to try this!

  • Reply Betty May 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! My son loves tomatoes and I think he would love to sink his teeth into this… and he will probably call it pizza lol.

  • Reply Amber Myers May 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    Ooo yes please. This looks so delicious. I’d just have to leave the olives off since I think they taste like feet. But my son loves them!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor May 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    5 stars
    It is so nice when we can just relax and not worry about anything. This tomato and ricotta tart looks so good. I will have to make this tart for sure. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Reply Linda May 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    5 stars
    I really enjoyed reading about your life, not just pictures and a recipe like most blogs. It gives a personal touch and I really appreciate that.

  • Reply Eileen May 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    5 stars
    These Tomato and Ricotta Tarts look amazing! I’ll have to try this recipe out, it looks easy enough too!

  • Reply Pam May 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This tart looks amazing. It would be perfect for eating in the garden during the summer. Tomatoes are the best during the summer.

  • Reply Val May 4, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I love both tomatoes and ricotta. I’d love to give this a try, it looks and sounds really good!

  • Reply Sari May 5, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Yummy looking tart. I just wish I can make a perfect tart. Cooking during the holidays is a great way to relax and destress.

  • Reply Lindsey May 5, 2017 at 9:18 am

    What a perfect meditteranean lunch treat. perfect for warmer weathers, or for a little escpaisim to beach days.

  • Reply Emma May 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I love tomatoes, but my husband can’t stand them. I will have to make this when my Mom is town because I know that we will love it! Yum!

  • Reply Jaime Nicole May 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This looks like a really yummy tart! I’m not a fan of tomatoes unless they are cooked really well, but I will make this for my girls who love them!

  • Reply Amanda Love May 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    There will always be weeks like this and it’s up to us on how we make it right. It’s definitely better to be more positive about it all. I think little moments like a cat wanting some cuddles or this beautiful tart remind us why life is worth living.

  • Reply Cathy May 6, 2017 at 7:39 am

    5 stars
    Sometimes the issues around us can make us feel anxious and depressed but I always look at it is that it is only a bump in the road. I try my best to maintain a positive outlook in life and find humor in every adversity. Thanks for the recipe too. That would really uplift your spirits when you get into “one of those days.”

  • Reply Amanda May 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    That tart looks absolutely amazing. Comfort food at its finest. Cooking is one of my absolute favorite things to do because it relaxes me and lets me escape all my stresses.

  • Reply Dustin May 8, 2017 at 6:05 am

    5 stars
    I’ve recently become more open to tarts being savory rather than sweet. This is a good suggestion. Thanks

  • Reply Surekha May 16, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I can relate to what you are talking. I am always so anxious about the things I want to achieve. It’s gets really tough on me at times that I spend hours just thinking about them. I love Risottos. This recipe is super easy and yum

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