Roasted ratatouille & goat’s cheese tart

Packed with oven-roasted aubergines, courgettes, peppers and onions, this tart makes a great centrepiece for a picnic or al fresco lunch

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:2 hrs
    plus chilling
  • Serves 8
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 626
  • fat 49g
  • saturates 23g
  • carbs 34g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 5g
  • protein 12g
  • salt 1g


  • 500g pack all-butter shortcrust pastry
  • flour, for dusting
  • 1 aubergine, cut into 2½ cm
  • 1 courgette, thickly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
  • 1 red onion, thickly sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g cherry plum tomatoes
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ small bunch basil, leaves only, plus a few extra leaves to serve
  • 150g pack hard goat's cheese
  • handful toasted pine nuts (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the aubergine, courgette, pepper and onion together with the garlic, olive oil and some seasoning. Tip onto a large baking tray (you may need to use 2 trays) and roast for 20 mins. Toss through the tomatoes and roast for a further 15-20 mins or until the vegetables are tender and beginning to caramelise.

  2. Meanwhile, roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 30 mins.

  3. While the vegetables cool, reduce oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Prick the base of the tart case with a fork, line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Pop on a baking tray and bake for 15 mins, then remove the beans and parchment. Bake for 10-15 mins more until the pastry is lightly golden.

  4. Reduce oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Squeeze the garlic from their skins into a jug and mash with a little salt to form a paste. Slowly whisk in the cream, followed by the eggs and some seasoning. Toss the basil through the cooled vegetables, then tip two-thirds into the pastry case, spreading out to an even layer. Crumble over three-quarters of the goat’s cheese, then pour over the cream mix. Top with the remaining veg and cheese. Bake for 40-50 mins until the tart is just set, with a slight wobble in the centre. Serve warm for lunch or cold on a picnic, scattered with extra basil leaves, and some toasted pine nuts, if you like.

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