These moreish tarts are great on their own or paired with a crisp green salad for dinner.

11 APRIL - MEATLESS MONDAY - Asparagus and tomato tartlets

You’ll need: 2 rolls of shortcrust pastry; 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 4cm lengths; 200g cherry tomatoes, halved; 4 eggs; 120g ricotta cheese; 25g parmesan cheese, grated; 1 tsp lemon zest; 1 tsp fresh chives, finely chopped; 1 tbs rocket, chopped.

How to: 

Preheat the oven to 180°C. 

Lightly spray 6 x 10cm-diameter fluted tart tins with oil. 

Cut six circles from the pastry and place the circles in the greased tins. Press to fit and trim off the excess. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. 

Remove from the fridge and place the tins on a large baking tray. Steam the asparagus for 2-3 minutes until tender, then drain and refresh under cold water (to retain colour). 

Divide the asparagus between each pastry base and top with tomatoes, cut side up. Whisk the eggs, ricotta, parmesan, lemon zest and chives in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and pour over the asparagus and tomato. 

Bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the filling is set. Serve with rocket leaves. 

* Recipe by Capsicum Culinary Studio. Image by Rita E.

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