Herby asparagus & bacon tart

Herby asparagus & bacon tart

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4 as a starter or 3 for lunch
An open puff pastry pie of seasonal greens, mint, chives and parsley with a creamy mascarpone base

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal513
  • fat39g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre1g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.6g
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  • 250g rough puff pastry or use bought puff pastry
  • little flour, for the tray



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 1 egg, beaten



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

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 100g bacon lardon
  • 100g ricotta



    Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from whey and traditionally a by-product of…

  • 85g mascarpone
  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 2 tbsp each snipped chives and chopped curly parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan



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

  • bunch asparagus, trimmed



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll out the pastry to about 15 x 30cm, the thickness of a £1 coin, and trim the edges. Transfer to a lightly floured baking tray. Score a 1cm border, making sure you don’t go all the way through the base. Prick all over the base with a fork, brush the edges of the tart with beaten egg and bake for 15 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan and fry the lardons until golden and crisp. Mix the ricotta, mascarpone, lemon zest, herbs and half the Parmesan in a bowl with salt and lots of black pepper.

  3. Remove tray from the oven, squash down centre of the tart and spread with cheese mixture. Scatter over the bacon, reserving the oil. Place asparagus along length of the tart, alternating direction of the tips. Brush with a little bacon oil, scatter over the remaining Parmesan and bake for 20 mins more. Serve warm.

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Lesley6690's picture
19th May, 2020
Beautiful light dish, perfect with a side salad. I used pre made and pre rolled puff pastry so felt it was quite easy all in. I used one big bunch of asparagus and didn’t have parsley but it still tasted lovely. Added the juice of half the lemon I’d zested too, made for a subtle fresh touch!
allymacster's picture
10th May, 2015
I just made this and after eating my first slice decided to make another straight away. I used smoked bacon lardons (personal preference) and found that it compliments the herby flavours really well.
31st Jul, 2014
Absolutely loved this. Hit with my husband and my 8 year old too. Totally yummy.
2nd Apr, 2014
I have just made this for a VIP lunch and it was a huge success! I had a slightly larger amount of pastry (jusrol pre-rolled puff sheet, 340g) so I added a tablespoon more each of ricotta and mascarpone and added 2 sliced spring onions as I didn't have enough chives. I also added about a tablespoon of the beaten egg to the cheese mixture to make spreading easier (I used a lot of herbs so it was quite thick). I used 3 packs of asparagus tips to cover the tart and it did take a little longer to cook than stated, around 30 minutes. Definitely one that I will,make again and again, everyone has asked me for the recipe already!!
16th Nov, 2013
The cheese made it too creamy...I'd add much less and use it more as a spread than a filler
14th May, 2013
This was super yummy! I only had mascapone but addded the rest of the egg to the base and it was really lovely!
7th May, 2013
This is really yummy! I added a red onion and a few chopped up mushrooms too. Found the bacon didn't really add much so next time I'd swap it for some grated courgette. I also added the remainder of the beaten egg to the ricotta mixture. Yum!
17th Feb, 2013
This was really delicious, takes a bit of time but worth the effort.
Aga girl
16th Jun, 2013
This is gorgeous... Spring on a plate! Make your own rough puff pastry so it's extra crispy.
23rd Sep, 2012
This is soooo yummy. I used prosciutto instead of the bacon and wrapped it around the asparagus. Great recipe!
19th Jun, 2019
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20th Jun, 2019
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12th Sep, 2016
can your freeze this recipe does anyone know?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Sep, 2016
Thanks for your question. All our freezable recipes have a blue star just above the nutrition. In this case, we don't suggest freezing.
Lesley6690's picture
19th May, 2020
Add the juice of half the lemon to the cheese mixture once you’ve zested it.
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