Courgette, spinach and pesto tart

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Serves: 6

By d1153408341974b002142

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  • 1 large courgette sliced into fine discs

  • 500g frozen puff pastry

  • 1/2 bag baby spinach

  • 1 handful pine nuts

  • some pesto home made or shop bought

  • some Parmesan grated or shavings


<ol> <li>Defrost the pastry according to packet instructions (usually means taking out of freezer 2-3 hours before).</li> <li>Pre heat oven to 200°C/180°C fan.</li> <li>Roll out pastry to a rectangle to fit a large baking tray or whatever you have (I use a roasting tray).</li> <li>Lightly oil baking tray with olive oil.</li> <li>Place pastry into the tin.</li> <li>Spread 2-3 tbsp of pesto onto the pastry; enough for a thin layer. Leave 2cm round the edge of the pastry.</li> <li>Put spinach on top of pesto, then courgette. Remember the spinach will reduce dramatically in volume so pack as much on as you can.</li> <li>Sprinkle over pine nuts and season with black pepper.</li> <li>Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until pastry is golden, courgette has softened and spinach has wilted.</li> <li>Sprinkle Parmesan over tart about 5 minutes before taking out of oven, or put on just before serving, depending on preference.</li> </ol>

Handy Hint

<p>Brush pastry edges with beaten egg or milk if you want to be fancy. Serve with tricolore salad. Can be warmed up reasonably well for a couple of days after.</p>

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Main Course

  • Lunchbox

  • Summer

  • Autumn

  • pastry

  • spinach

  • courgette

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  • likessleep 08/06/09 18:44

    Yummy yummy yummy - will definitely be making this again

  • nellyfin 01/04/09 21:31

    yes, very good! ive never cooked pastry before either but have been trying out new things (thanks to mumsnet!) and it was simple and delicious!

  • kate13 14/11/08 14:47

    this was the easiest thing i&#39;ve ever made and tastes like it came from a classy vegetarian cafe! i added some red peppers under the courgettes for a bit of colour. thankyou to whoever posted this one.

  • 21/01/08 22:20

    Absolutely yummy - I'm not a vegetarian but could eat this all day in preference to many meat dishes. And sooooo easy - the only thing you have to remember is to defrost the pastry, or you could use fresh!