Basil, pea & pancetta tart

Basil, pea & pancetta tart

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Serves 8
This is perfect if you’re having lunch guests as much of it can be prepared a day ahead

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal602
  • fat46g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.53g
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  • 284ml pot double cream
  • large bunch basil



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 500g pack shortcrust pastry (or make your own)
  • plain flour, for rolling out
  • 175g frozen broad bean, defrosted and podded
  • 100g frozen petits pois, defrosted
  • 105g thinly sliced pancetta (or use streaky bacon)



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 3 eggs, plus 1 yolk



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 50g parmesan, finely grated, plus shavings to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Bring the cream to the boil in a small saucepan, then take off the heat and drop in half the bunch of basil, making sure all the leaves and stems are fully immersed. Leave to infuse for at least an hour. Transfer to a lidded container and chill once cool, if preparing the day before. Meanwhile, roll the pastry out on a floured surface to about the thickness of 2 x £1 coins and use to line a 23cm loose-bottom tart tin. Chill on a baking sheet until ready to use.

  2. Blanch the broad beans in a pan of boiling water for 1 min. Add the peas, bring back to the boil for another min, then drain and cool quickly under the cold tap. Drain, then dry on kitchen paper. Set aside. Heat grill to medim and cook the pancetta until it is crisp and golden, setting aside on kitchen paper to absorb any fat. Can be prepared up to this stage a day ahead.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and put a second baking sheet in the oven. Line the pastry case with parchment and fill with baking beans. Slide the tin onto the hot baking sheet and bake blind for 15 mins, then lift out the paper and beans and cook for 5 mins more, until the pastry feels sandy. Meanwhile, strain the cream through a sieve, pressing the basil against the mesh with a non-metallic spoon or spatula to extract as much of the flavour as possible.

  4. Turn oven down to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Beat the eggs into the cream, stir in the parmesan and season to taste. Tear the pancetta and sprinkle into the case, along with the peas and beans. Pour in the egg and cream mix. (You may have a little left, depending on the depth of your tin.) Bake for about 50 mins-1 hr or until the custard is just set in the middle. Serve warm or cold, topped with shavings of parmesan and the remaining basil leaves.

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24th Aug, 2016
This tart is delicious. I used a ready-made pastry base as I was a bit short on time and it worked perfectly.
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22nd Sep, 2013
This is absolutely devine. My son made it for his food technology gcse and had a great mark. We have made this numerous times and every time it's scrummy.
25th Sep, 2012
I thought I'd give this a try, since I don't use peas in recipes very often. Other than swapping broad beans for thin asparagus tips (I had fresh asparagus and can use frozen beans any time), I followed the recipe as written. The quantities were perfect for my flan tin. It was very nice hot, shortly after coming out of the oven, but the next day... What a delight. I shall use this recipe again when I need to take something cold along for a buffet supper. However, I might use smoked bacon instead. The pancetta was OK but the flavour was a little lost. A good basic recipe that lends itself to a few changes if you don't have everything available.
31st Jan, 2012
I made small tartlets with this withought the egg it was fab deffinetly make it again
11th Jul, 2011
Well I went for gently fried cubed courgette and it was delicious. I would love to try it with the broad beans but it worked my way too. It went down a treat (served as a starter with rocket leaves) and was really very easy to do. Will definitely do again for a light lunch or starter.
6th Jul, 2011
Any ideas what I could use in this in place of frozen broadbeans? Struggling to find them in my local supermarkets! Thanks.
3rd Jun, 2009
10th Feb, 2009
I love this tart, so much smarter than a quiche and perfect for picnics.
6th Aug, 2008
This is fabulous. I now make it fairly regularly. I don't bother with the infusing with basil - I tend to just chop some basil, tarragon or mint and put it in. I also tend to put in half the double cream and half half-fat creme fraiche... a gesture to reduce the calorie count... Absolutely lovely, one of my favourite recipes.
1st Jul, 2008
Absolutely delicious. Made small tarts as a starter rather than one large one and they needed less cooking time. Were really popular.


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