Enjoy this delicious colourful tart with a green salad for a lunch or Sunday night dinner. The ricotta makes the tart more substantial, and you can use shortcrust pastry if you prefer.
- 2 sheets flaky puff pastry
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 300g pumpkin, peeled and diced
- 60g baby spinach
- 1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
- 4 eggs
- 250g ricotta cheese
- Sea salt and cracked pepper
- 1 red pepper, roasted (I used one from the deli section of the supermarket, drained and sliced)
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
1 Preheat the oven to 185ºC. Use the semi-thawed pastry to line a 26cm fluted loose-bottom tart tin, or similar, and trim to fit. Chill until required.
2 Heat the oil in a frying pan. Saute the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant, then set aside to cool. Simmer the pumpkin in salted water for 5-8 minutes until just tender, then add the spinach and zucchini. Cook for 1 minute and drain well on paper towels. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, ricotta and seasoning, and whisk to combine.
3 Arrange pumpkin and veges with sauted onion in the pastry tin. Pour over the egg mixture (let it settle between the veges) and decorate the top with red pepper slices and a sprinkle of pine nuts.
4 Bake on the lower oven shelf for 35-45 minutes until the pastry is golden and the centre is set. Serve with a pile of fresh greens or herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. This is great for using up last night’s leftover veges.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author