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Leek Tart

This week, I’m making use of my ricotta tart recipe, which I use as a base throughout the year. In the summer time, I top it with courgettes or tomatoes. In the winter, I use leeks and bacon to make it a comforting pie rather than a summery tart.


Leek Tart

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


1 large leek

1 tablespoon of olive oil



250g ricotta

1 egg

1 tablespoon of Parmesan, finely grated

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

4 rashers of streaky bacon

1 x sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry

Freshly chopped mint, to serve

Zest of half a lemon, to serve


  1. Wash and slice the leek into rounds. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the leeks for 5 minutes, until softened.
  1. In another bowl, mix the ricotta, egg, grated garlic, the Parmesan together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix again.
  1. Roll out the sheet of pastry onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  1. Spread the ricotta mix over the pastry sheet, leaving a border of about 2cm around the edge of the pastry.
  1. Place the rashers, uncooked, into the ricotta mix. Scatter the leeks on top and all around the tart.
  1. Fold the pastry in at the edges to create a border so the mix doesn’t ooze out while it’s cooking. You can make this as neat or as rustic as you like.
  1. Cook in an oven, pre-heated to 200c / 180c fan / Gas Mark 6, for 25 to 30 minutes.
  1. Serve the tart hot or cold, with a fresh grating of lemon zest over the top to serve.


This recipe first appeared in The Irish Independent on November 12th


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