Tomato-Basil Tart


This vegetarian tomato and basil tart is one of my classics - I often make it for lunch. I use Trader Joe's® Shredded 3-Cheese Blend (mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar cheeses), but any cheese mix or just a single shredded cheese works fine.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
6 servings



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • 3 eggs

  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream

  • 12 ounces shredded Italian three-cheese blend

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips

  • 5 tomatoes, sliced, or more as needed


  1. Combine flour, butter, 1 egg, salt, and water in a large bowl and knead into a smooth dough. Shape into a ball, flatten, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a springform pan with butter.

  3. Sprinkle a work surface with flour and roll out dough into a circle big enough to cover bottom and sides of the prepared springform pan. Line pan with the dough. Prick dough several times with a fork.

  4. Bake pastry in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, stir together remaining eggs, cream cheese, and sour cream using a wooden spoon. Fold in Italian cheese blend and season with salt and pepper. Fold in basil.

  6. Remove cooked pastry from oven and cover with 1 layer of tomato slices. Pour half the egg-cheese mixture on top and cover with another layer of tomato slices. Spread remaining egg-cheese mixture on top and cover with a final layer of tomato slices.

  7. Bake in the preheated until tart is set, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

614 Calories
41g Fat
40g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 614
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 225mg 75%
Sodium 960mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 18mg 91%
Calcium 498mg 38%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 492mg 10%

* 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.