Pea and Asparagus Tart


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THIS!! Omg this Pea and Asparagus Tart is truly a thing of beauty!

Coming in hot with tart #3 today and it’s all about this Pea and Asparagus Tart! Doesn’t it just scream spring?! I’m obsessed. Fresh peas and fresh asparagus coupled with a custard filling and fresh lemon zest… seriously a recipe for success!

Some of my other favorite Tarts:

Pea and Asparagus Tart



For the crust:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup peas blanched and cooled
  • 1 cup asparagus tips blanched and cooled
  • Pea tendrils to garnish
  • Mint leaves to garnish
  • Lemon Zest to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • To make the crust, place the flour and salt in a food processor and pulse. Drop in the butter and pulse until just barely the texture of oatmeal. Add the ice water slowly and pulse once or twice, until the dough clumps together. Turn onto a floured board and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • When pie dough has chilled, roll it out onto a lightly floured surface to a circle roughly 12 inches in diameter. Gently transfer to a tart ring, and fit into the ring evenly. Pierce bottom with a fork and return to refrigerator to chill another 20 to 30 minutes
  • Separate the egg and transfer the yolk to a small bowl; reserve the egg white for the topping.
  • Mix the egg yolk, ricotta, olive oil and 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Remove the tart shell from refrigerator. Spread the ricotta mixture evenly across the bottom of the tart shell.
  • In another small bowl, beat the reserved egg white, heavy cream and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Mix in the cooled blanched peas and asparagus and pour mixture evenly over top of the ricotta layer.
  • Cover the tart with foil and bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes, until top is bubbling and crust is slightly brown, but not too dark. Serve warm or at room temperature with tons of pea tendrils or mint leaves on top and lemon zest.

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  1. monika

    My peas are thriving, and I can’t wait to use them in this recipe. Sounds delicious and so full of Spring!!

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  3. Audrey

    Can any parts of this be made ahead, either the night before or several hours before? I’d like to have it for Easter dinner, but I’ll be in church most of the morning. Also, any tips for when/how to take it out of the tart pan?

    • Gaby

      you could make it entirely ahead of time today and just garnish it tomorrow! Tart pans should have a removable bottom so you can just lift the tart up and slide it off the tray!

    • Audrey

      Oh awesome! That will save me so much time tomorrow. Thanks so much for the reply!

  4. Audrey

    Sorry…one more question…

    Step 5 calls for the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. I don’t see olive oil in the ingredients, just butter. Which one is best to use? And where does the other tablespoon of olive oil/butter get used? Thanks!

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