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


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

Handy Hint

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.

Additional Information

  • spinach

  • pastry

  • courgette

  • Summer

  • Autumn

  • Main Course

  • Lunchbox

  • Vegetarian

  • Egg Free

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  • orithia2k 18/05/16 19:20

    This was scrumptious and was gone in seconds. I sprinkled coarse semolina on the baking tray instead of oil (as puff pastry is very fatty & oily). I added about 50g of tiny cubes of Greek style feta cheese before putting it in the oven. 5 mins to taking it out, sprinkled a tablespoon of grated Parmesan over tart. Lush xx

  • 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'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!