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Pesto Cheese Tarts Recipe

Pesto Cheese Tarts Recipe

Jean Kern's quick and easy tarts are perfect party fare. “Whether I make them for an event or a simple family gathering, everyone always raves about them,” she writes from Charlotte, North Carolina.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:15 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons prepared pesto
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (1.9 ounces) frozen miniature phyllo tart shells


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, mayonnaise, cheeses, pesto and pepper. Spoon heaping teaspoonfuls into tart shells. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 15 appetizers.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 72 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

Reviews for Pesto Cheese Tarts

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aestanton18 User ID: 6452778 150758
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Used Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo, and also tried this as a dip instead of in phyllo dough. A hit both ways."

annsway1 User ID: 1667005 170127
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2013

"I was experimenting one day and made something like this. It was good but something was missing. Can't wait to go to the store, get the ingredients, and make it. Thanks a lot Jean Kern's, you just made my day!!!"

shyD User ID: 6858120 165258
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Flavour, mediocre.

Did not yield enough filling, and filling was not quite thick enough based on recipe measurements."

vajudybug User ID: 581753 95753
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"What a wonderful, easy recipe! I have made this many times and it's on the menu for our next party!"

ReneeC___NCalif User ID: 106192 95752
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Thanks---these will work nicely with that homemade pesto I made!


bameiboo User ID: 2470958 104442
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"Yummy and no could believe I made them. Not that I'm not a good cook, they just seemed proffesionally done!"

villadovic User ID: 1183170 170126
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2010

"Easy to make, and they disappeared quickly!"

GranMarion____MN User ID: 300952 165256
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"As much fun to make as they are to eat! I'm not good with phyllo but it worked for me. These tarts do disappear fast, so I recommend making a lot."

irish6102 User ID: 3492913 95751
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Every time I make these people beg me for the recipe! Very good and so EASY!"

smola99 User ID: 3694041 150701
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2008

"Very easy and super delicious! Always the first appetizer to completely disappear from the table."

vajudybug User ID: 581753 126078
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008 Edited Aug. 19, 2012

"These are great! I made them last year for a Christmas buffet and will make them again this year-Thank you S&D"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.