This savory Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart with lemon and ricotta cheese makes a buttery-delicious, beautiful and deceptively easy brunch dish or even a vegetarian main.
Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart: Why You’re Gonna LOVE It
- Looking for a stellar spring brunch recipe? This asparagus puff pastry tart recipe will have you licking your plate in just 45 minutes.
- A perfect blend of flavor and texture. With buttery, flaky puff pastry combined with creamy ricotta, gooey mozzarella cheese, fresh asparagus, a hint of garlic – it sounds simple but this tart is sure to impress.
- Serve warm or room temperature! Enjoy it hot from the oven or cooled from the fridge on a hot summer day – either way you’ll love it.
What is in this Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart
- Flaky puff pastry: Buttery and flaky, this pastry is the perfect base for the tart. Thaw frozen puff pastry overnight in the fridge, or in a couple of hours on the counter.
- Creamy ricotta: Offers a smooth texture and mild flavor to the dish.
- Gooey mozzarella cheese: Adds a layer of cheesy goodness to the tart.
- Fresh asparagus: The star ingredient of the tart, providing a fresh taste and bite.
- Hint of garlic: Just enough to add a subtle hint of garlicky flavor.
- Lemon zest and black pepper: A perfect combination of fresh and subtle heat for an unforgettable flavor experience.
How to Make Asparagus Tart with Puff Pastry
- Preheat the oven, get ready to bake: Place a pizza stone or overturned baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat it to 450°F. Let that oven heat up for 30 minutes before baking your masterpiece.
- Roll out your dough: Roll out the pastry dough till it’s about 1/8″ thick and place it on a parchment lined pizza peel or rimless baking sheet.
- Mix it up: Stir together ricotta, mozzarella, 1 egg, garlic, lemon zest, 1 tsp of salt and pepper. Separately toss the asparagus with olive oil and remaining ¼ tsp salt.
- Spread your filling: Spread the ricotta filling evenly over the pie dough with a 3 inch border free around all sides of the dough edge. Arrange asparagus pieces over top filling then fold in all edges of pie crust around it enclosing it inside completely with crimping folds in along edge if desired.
- Brush on some egg wash: Beat remaining egg with a splash of water then brush top surface.
- Bake until golden brown: Use pizza peel to transfer parchment paper with prepared Asparagus Ricotta Tart onto preheated baking stone and bake 45 minutes until crust is deeply golden brown,
What to Serve with Asparagus Tart
Looking to serve something special alongside your freshly-baked Asparagus Tart? We’ve got you covered!
• Salads: A simple green salad, or something more impressive like a beet and citrus salad with tarragon pairs perfectly with asparagus tart. A classic strawberry spinach salad with poppyseed dressing and bacon is also perfect for spring. This endive salad recipe is also an oldie and a goodie.
• Grains: Fill out the table with hearty grain salads, like a good shreeded kale quinoa salad, couscous salad with lemon dressing, or one of these deliciou Israeli couscous recipe
• Vegetables: Roasted veggies like Crispy Maple Brussels sprouts or Air Fryer Eggplant are a delish way to add nutrition to the meal. Or serve raw vegetables like green beans, carrots and cauliflower alongside a creamy lemon yogurt sauce for a fresh, vibrant side.
Can I Make this Asparagus Tart Ahead of Time?
Here’s what you need to know about making this delicious dish ahead of time.
- Pastry Crust: Start by thawing your puff pastry crust up to 2 days in advance in the fridge (or in about 30 minutes on the counter or until it unfolds easily)
- Assemble & Bake: you build your asparagus tart in advance and refrigerate for a few hours before baking. Don’t prep it much earlier than that or the filling may seep into the crust.
- Store Prepped & Baked Tarts: this tart is best served the day it’s baked, as the crust will get tough as it is stored in the fridge. Store a baked tart covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days. When ready to enjoy, pop into preheated oven until heated through (about 15 minutes). Enjoy!
You can alternatively make it larger with homemade pie dough, as I did originally on Instagram.
Later in the summer, swap the asparagus for slices of heirloom tomatoes, like I did in this instagram highlight.
Add some minced herbs, like 2 tbsp of either chives, parsley or thyme to the filling.
Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart with Ricotta Cheese
- 7 oz puff pastry dough thawed if frozen
- 1 cup ricotta
- 1 cup grated mozzarella
- 2 large eggs divided use
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Zest of 1 lemon
- ¾ tsp kosher salt divided use
- ⅛ tsp pepper
- ½ bunch asparagus trimmed
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450ºF.
- Roll out the pastry dough to about 1/8″ thick and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Stir together the ricotta, mozzarella, 1 egg, garlic, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp of salt and pepper.
- Separately toss the asparagus with olive oil and remaining ¼ tsp salt.
- Spread the ricotta filling on evenly over the pie dough leaving a border free around all sides of the dough edge. Arrange asparagus pieces over top filling then fold in all edges of pie crust around it enclosing it inside completely with crimping folds in along edge if desired.
- Beat remaining egg with a splash of water then brush it onto pie crust. Bake on lower oven rack for about 30 minutes, until crust is deeply golden and filling puffs up around asparagus.
Last Updated on March 31, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD