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RECIPE | Mealie pap tomato pesto tart

Possibly the easiest Italian tart you'll ever make, this one ditches the fiddly pastry in favour of a tasty mealie meal crust. Short on time? Cheat and use ready-made pesto for the topping instead of making your own

21 September 2017 - 10:32 By Staff reporter
Mealie pap pesto tart.
Mealie pap pesto tart.
Image: Craig Scott

Serves: 6

Basil pesto:

500ml (2 cups) basil leaves

80ml (1/3 cup) pine nuts, walnuts or almonds

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

125ml (½ cup) olive oil

125ml (½ cup) grated parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper


250g instant  mealie   meal 

45ml (3 tbsp) parmesan cheese


4-6 large ripe red tomatoes, thickly sliced

A few chives, finely sliced

Freshly grated parmesan cheese


1. Make the pesto by combining basil and nuts in a food processor. Add the garlic and process again. With the machine running slowly, add the olive oil and then the parmesan cheese. Season and set aside.

2. Make the mealie meal  as per package instructions, adding 45ml of parmesan.

3. Press the mealie meal into a 23cm baking dish.

4. Spread with pesto and top with tomato slices. Sprinkle with chives and more parmesan and bake at 180°C for 15 minutes.

5. Slice and serve warm.