Savory Ricotta Tart


This savory ricotta tart is made with really good ricotta cheese, fresh herbs, and just enough eggs to hold things together. I was in the mood for some heat when I made it, but the pepper and cayenne are totally optional.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 tart


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided, or as needed

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (Optional)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste (Optional)

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 ½ cups ricotta cheese

  • 1 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Brush 1 tablespoon oil over the bottom of a springform pan.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and cook until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano; cook and stir until toasted and golden brown, about 1 minute. Spread mixture over the bottom of the prepared pan.

  3. Whisk eggs in a bowl until pale yellow, thick, and frothy. Stir in basil, parsley, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg. Whisk in ricotta cheese and 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano. Drop spoonfuls of mixture into the pan and spread over bread crumbs. Gently tap the pan against a work surface to settle ricotta layer. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano over top and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until set, 20 to 25 minutes. Run a paring knife around the side to loosen the sides. Cool in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Unlatch and remove the ring.

  5. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Place a wire rack onto baking sheet; place tart onto the rack.

  6. Broil under the preheated broiler until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Cut into six pieces to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

139 Calories
11g Fat
7g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 139
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 372mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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