Tomato Basil Tart

READY IN: 1hr 40mins
Recipe by Derf2440

this is definately worth the time and effort!! Beautiful presentation, cut into 6 or 8 wedges, or cut into small pieces for appetizers. from Janet Neyrinck through Cooking light mag.

Top Review by Lise F

I was very pleased with how this turned out. It had an excellent basil flavor, and I appreciated the low-fat touches. I forgot to add the parmesan to the ricotta mixture, and ended up sprinkling it on top instead, which worked great nonetheless. My only complaint would be the dough--it was hard to work with the prepared breadstick dough. I didn't know if I should be adding flour to make it stick less when rolled out; and so on my first try the dough ended up falling into the pie pan in a complete mess. I tried it again with a dusting of flour, and that just made the dough seize up and become difficult to work with. I finally managed to get the dough into the pan, but it was a bit of a challenge.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425f degrees.
  2. Unroll dough, separating into stirps.
  3. Working on a flat surface, coil 1 strip dough around itself in a sprial pattern.
  4. Add second strip of dough to end of the first strip, pinching ends to seal, continue coiling remaining dough.
  5. Let rest 10 minutes.
  6. Roll dough into 12 inch circle, fit into bottom and up sides of 9 inch round removable bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray.
  7. Cover dough with foil, arrange pie weights or dried beans on foil.
  8. Bake at 425f degrees for 15 minutes, remove weights and foil.
  9. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until edges are ligfhtly browned.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 350f degrees.
  11. Core and slice tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  12. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt, place tomato slices, salt sides down, on serveral layers of paper towel.
  13. Cover with additional paper towels.
  14. Let stand 10 minutes, pressing down occasionally.
  15. Place basil, cheese, pepper and egg whites in blender or food processor, process until smooth.
  16. Spread cheese mixture over crust.
  17. Arrange tomato slices over cheese mixture, brush with olive oil.
  18. Bake at 350f degrees for 40 minutes or until cheese mixture is set.
  19. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  20. Can be served hot, room temperature or cold.

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