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Tomato and Pesto Tart with a Walnut Crust

Serves: 4
Time to prepare: 20 mins
Time to cook: 35 mins
Dietary requirements: Halal, Kosher, Vegan (with substitutions)


For the walnut pastry:

  • 200g flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 50g walnuts, roughly chopped

For the filling:

  • 2–3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp vegetarian or vegan* pesto
  • 600g ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Salt and black pepper
  • A few basil leaves to garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
  2. Make the pastry: put the flour and salt into a bowl, pour in the oil and water, mix gently with a fork until it holds together, then stir in walnuts. Using your fingers press the mixture into a flan dish, covering the base as evenly as you can, and pushing up the sides a bit (high crust not needed). Put into the oven – no need to weigh down – and bake for 6–8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a pan, add the onions, cover and cook gently for 10–15 minutes until tender.
  4. Drizzle the pesto over the pastry, then put the onions in an even layer. Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top, slightly overlapping, to cover the tart completely. Sprinkle with some salt, grind some black pepper over and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  5. Put the tart back in the oven and bake for 8–10 minutes to cook the tomatoes a little. Scatter with torn basil leaves and serve.
© Adapted from a recipe in 30-Minute Vegetarian by Rose Elliot (Collins)


14 July, 2016

I cannot find the vegetarian pesto ingredients mentioned in the above recipe.

I searched for it in the 30-minute book and was always referred to pg.8, but could not find it there or anywhere.

Please email it to me.

18 July, 2016

Hi Sherrill

It’s not the pesto mentioned in the book, but a simple vegetarian/vegan pesto recipe can be found here: http://www.vegan.com/recipes/pesto/

And you can read more about ready-made pesto here: http://www.veganrecipeclub.org.uk/recipes/tony’s-sundried-tomato-and-asparagus-pasta-pesto

I hope that this helps.

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