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Fresh Tomato Basil Tart Recipe
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Fresh Tomato Basil Tart Recipe

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This tart is the perfect way to celebrate the bounty of your garden! It's a wonderful meatless dish that highlights fresh summer ingredients. Try it as an appetizer or main dish. You can top the finished dish with additional basil for a pretty presentation. —Bill Gordon, Lexington, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 283 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flours; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to fit a 9-in. fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Transfer pastry to pan; trim even with edge. Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, thinly slice the tomatoes; place on paper towels to drain.
  3. Sprinkle 2 cups cheese into the crust; top with basil. Set three tomato slices aside; arrange remaining slices in a slightly overlapping pattern around edge of tart. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining cheese in center of tart; top with reserved tomato slices.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Fresh Tomato Basil Tart in Taste of Home

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Reviewed Aug. 4, 2014

"I loved it and Hubby who has never liked a tomato pie liked it as well. I used mozzarella cheese that I shredded myself (not as much as the recipe called for) and inexpensive Romano cheese as well as sprinkling on some more expensive Pecorino Romano. I was doubtful about the whole wheat crust, but I thought that it held up well to the cheese."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"Always looking for shortcuts, I used a refrigerated pie crust, rolled out to 10 in. to fit into my quiche pan. The remainder of the recipe was unchanged. My family raved about it, and asked for more. Now, I'm in the habit of making two every time."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"This was nasty! I don't normally use wheat flour, and bought some just for this. It tasted disgusting, and was an oily puddle of goo. I am so glad I tested this recipe before making it for our holiday dinner! That would have been embarassing!"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"This is REALLY good! I didn't have whole wheat flour so I used all white. I also added a little oregano and garlic powder and sprinkled on some Parmesean cheese with the Motz."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2009

"Oops I meant 4 stars."

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