Lighter Lunch: Tomato and Basil Tart

Trying to cut back a little after the festive excesses?


This tart is full of flavour but relatively low in fat compared to a standard quiche as it uses filo (phyllo) pastry and light cream cheese. The basil compliments the cherry tomatoes, which still retain their juicy texture as the cooking time is relatively short.

Talking of which, the speed that you can put this together makes it ideal for a quick weekend lunch. It can be served warm or cold, so you can make it in advance and pack it up for the family to take to work/school the next day.

Serve it with a simple green salad if you want a bigger meal.

Ingredients – serves 4:

  • 4 sheets filo (phyllo) pastry
  • 2 spring (salad/green) onions, finely chopped
  • about 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 100g/3.5 oz light cream cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp low fat milk (use skim milk if you like)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • small handful fresh basil leaves, torn


  • Heat your oven to 200C/180C fan forced/390F.
  • Spray a rectangular fluted tart pan with a little cooking spray. (It makes things much easier if your tart pan has a loose base that you can push through from underneath.)
  • Line half/one end of the pan with 2 sheets of filo, then spray with a little cooking spray and overlap the remaining 2 sheets to line the other end of the pan. Trim off any excess from around the edges.
  • Spread the spring onion over the filo, then scatter over the tomatoes and the cream cheese.
  • Whisk together the eggs and milk in a small jug. Season with a little black pepper.
  • Pour the egg mixture gently over the tomatoes etc.
  • Scatter the basil leaves over the top of the tart. Use the end of a spoon to push a few of the basil pieces into the egg mixture.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the egg mixture is just set.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out. If you are eating the tart warm then transfer directly to your serving plate. Otherwise cut into 4 pieces, place into airtight containers and then refrigerate overnight.
  • Enjoy!


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