Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

Asparagus and Baked Ricotta Tart

Written by Becky

After first trying my friend Haley’s Baked Ricotta appetizer, I knew I wanted to create a few other dishes with the same herby ricotta spread.  This tart came out of an inspiration for that as well as my seasonal crush on asparagus.  Years ago, Mark Bittman, famous NY Times food writer, introduced me to the idea of shaving asparagus spears, raw, and seasoning them minimally for an easy seasonal side dish.  Ever since then, at least one time in the Spring, I’ll grab a bundle of farmer’s market fresh asparagus and do just that.

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

This recipe simply combines, the two simple recipes – Haley’s baked ricotta and Mark Bittman’s shaved raw asparagus, making a totally new and wonderful dish. Puff pastry make the simple tart base, just don’t forget to thaw it out before you’re ready to assemble (I forget almost every time!).

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

If you want make the full recipe for the baked ricotta, you can also bake off the other half to serve with crackers etc.

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

To shave the asparagus, all you’ll need is a sharp vegetable or potato peeler.  Press down firmly into the asparagus spear to get a full long strand of asparagus.  Continue, flipping the asparagus over on the other side to get as much of the stalk as possible.  Save the remaining asparagus for another recipe (shop up into a stir fry or omelet).

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

Toss the asparagus ribbons with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper before placing them on top of the warm tart.

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

And that’s all folks!  A simple, elegant Spring dish ready to share!

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

Here are some more great Spring recipes to put on your list!

April Seasonal Recipes

Papaya-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Toasted Cashew-Quinoa Cereal by Floating Kitchen

Easy Maple Mustard Chicken Drumsticks with Roasted Radishes and Asparagus by Simple Bites

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Rice Noodle Bowls: Bun Ga Nuong by Food For My Family

Rhubarb Ginger-Berry Bourbon Cooler by Climbing Grier Mountain

Marinated Beets with White Wine Vinegar by Project Domestication

Shallot and Red Wine Jam by Letty’s Kitchen

Lemon Rosemary Shrimp and Broccoli Slaw by Cookin’ Canuck

Spring Vegetable Lemon Risotto by Flavor the Moments

Key Lime Pie by Foodie Crush

Asparagus and Ricotta Tart • #asparagus #eatseasonal #healthyrecipes

Asparagus and Baked Ricotta Tart

A Spring appetizer that is as much a crowd pleasure as it is beautiful. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 -10


  • 1 puff pastry sheet thawed and trimmed to preferred size
  • 1/2 recipe for baked ricotta
  • 8 ounces asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a 1/2 recipe for baked ricotta according to directions, mixing together ricotta, lemon zest, herbs and spices.
  • Roll out the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and trim to preferred size. I like to trim off one edge and add it to the short edge to make the tart long and thin. Place this rectangle onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Spread ricotta mixture over the pastry. Dollop the ricotta then use the back of a spoon to spread it; it doesn't have to be perfect.
  • Bake in the oven at 400 for 16-18 minutes or until edges start to turn a golden brown color.
  • As the tart bakes, use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons out of the asparagus. You must press down firmly to get a full, long, ribbon from the spear. Each spear should give you 4-5 ribbons, leaving you with a thick middle to save for another recipe.
  • Toss ribbons with lemon juice, olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Once tart is done baking, remove from oven and top with marinated asparagus ribbons. Serve immediately.

Comments (4)

  1. Love this simple recipe, Becky! I tried shaved raw asparagus for the first time this year, and I’m completely smitten with it. And well, puff pastry and ricotta are always a good idea. So this tart has my name written all over it! You and your family are in my thoughts. XOXO!

  2. This tart is beautiful, Becky! I have yet to shave asparagus, but just bought some today with that in mind, so this comes at a great time! I hope everything is going well for you. 🙂

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