Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts


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Puff pastry tarts are a great option for a quick and easy summer time (or any time!) lunch. I love this version stuffed with tasty ricotta, cherry tomatoes and chorizo. You can prepare them in advance, and they’re easily impressive enough to serve to guests. 

closeup of a Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tart on a baking tray.

Are you looking for an easy appetizer or light lunch idea that can be made in advance and served at room temperature? You’ve stopped by the right place, because puff pastry tarts are ideal!

Go-to light lunch ideas

My go-to easy but impressive lunch is this Spanish omelette, which I always enjoy making (hardly any ingredients, cook it long and slow, and there’s a delicious lunch!). But when you need more than one idea…

This tomato, pesto and ham tart is a firm family favourite that I’ve made dozens of times. It’s so easy to make, and doesn’t need to be served piping hot = bonus when you have guests!

But here I do something a little different. I take the cue from my friend Nagi of the wonderful blog Recipe Tin Eats and fold in two corners to make sort of turnover style tarts. Please do check out her cute Ham and Cheese Puffs, along with the rest of her blog (you won’t regret it, I promise you!).

Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts lined up on a baking tray from above.

How to make ricotta, tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts

Simply cut a sheet of pastry up into roughly 5 inch squares (I got 6 out of my sheet). A little bigger or smaller than 5 inches is fine.

After this it’s ridiculously simple. Just spread a little ricotta down the centre of your pastry, and sprinkle the rest of the chopped toppings over the top, like this:

closeup of the stuffing for Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts on a square of pastry.

Pull up two of the edges, stick with a little beaten egg, and throw into the oven. Barely 15 minutes later you’ll have gorgeously-browned fresh pastries.

Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts on a baking tray ready to be baked.

More puff pastry tart ideas

The basic idea of individual puff pastry tarts, or small hand pies if you prefer, is incredibly easy to adapt. Add just ham and cheese and a bit of mustard, or come up with your own creative ideas.

How about:

  • goat’s cheese
  • cooked pumpkin and prosciutto
  • pear, feta and walnut
  • chicken, cooked bacon
  • mushroom and swiss cheese
  • a pizza puff pastry tart: mozzarella, tomato, pepperoni and basil. Mmmm.

Let your imagination run wild!

These little puff pastry pies are indeed great for summer lunches, or how about making slightly smaller ones and serving them as cute little party pies for your next gathering?

How to freeze these puff pastry tarts

You can easily make these up ahead and then freeze them to bake later. Simply freeze them for about an hour on a baking tray, then wrap them individually in baking or grease proof paper and store them in a container or large plastic bag.

You can bake them straight from frozen. Bake at 210C/410F for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180C/350F and bake for 15 more minutes.

How to reheat these puff pastry tarts

If you have leftovers, simply reheat for 5 to 10 minutes in the oven (180C/355F), or a few minutes in an air fryer (yes, this works really well!).

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Chorizo and puff pastry tarts in a row on a baking tray with a red tea towel behind.
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Ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo puff pastry tarts

If you’re in need of an easy lunch idea, even for guests, this is just perfect. It takes moments to pull together, tastes great, and looks impressive. Add any combination of fillings you like, really, but I love this super tasty ricotta, cherry tomato and chorizo combo!
Prep: 12 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 ready-made puff pastry sheets, cut into roughly 5 inch squares
  • 9 ounces ricotta cheese, (about 1 tub)
  • 1 jar red pesto
  • cherry tomatoes, about 2 per pastry, cut into 3 slices each
  • 2.5 ounces chorizo, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • a small amount of frozen spinach, defrosted and with water squeezed out well
  • 1 egg, whisked


  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F.
  • Spread a heaped teaspoon ricotta diagonally down the centre of each pastry square.
  • Dot a little pesto over the top of the ricotta, then scatter over the tomato slices, chorizo cubes, and spinach.
  • Fold opposite corners of the pastry over the filling (see pictures above), sticking down with a little whisked egg.
  • Brush the tops of the pastries with egg, then lay on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden and puffed up.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with a nice crisp salad.


These are great served either hot from the oven or cooler – they’re even good at room temperature.
Freeze uncooked if you like, to defrost and cook later, or freeze cooked, defrost, then reheat for 5 minutes or so in a hot oven.


Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 198mg, Potassium: 75mg, Vitamin A: 115IU, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1.3mg
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  1. Hello, I’m making these today although I only have one ready rolled puff sheet. I wanted to ask – does the chorizo crisp up inside the pastry? If not, could I cook the chorizo first to crisp it up and then put it inside the pastry? Also, I have a small amount of leftover goats cheese – would it be ok to stick it in there too? Thanks a lot.

    1. Hi Lucia! I’m so glad you’re going to make these and I hope you enjoy them! You don’t need to pre-cook the chorizo – just chop up the sausage into small pieces and it will cook a little in the oven. I don’t think it gets crispy exactly but it is delicious. If you crisped it first I’d be a bit worried the bits not enclosed by pastry might burn. As for the goat’s cheese – definitely! These tarts are very flexible so really you can add anything you want. Enjoy!

  2. 4 stars
    Made these today while in Covid19 lockdown. I was fortunate to find most of the ingredients needed.
    Really good, though I needed to cook for a few minutes longer than suggested in order to make nicely golden-brown. Next time will probably go for cheese and bacon, maybe add some mushroom slices.

    1. Hi Steve, thanks so much for taking the time to report back. It’s a while since I’ve made these – you’re making me crave them again! Glad you enjoyed them! Have you tried some of my other recipes with puff pastry (just in case you have any left!)? There’s a really delicious tomato and prosciutto tart and some cheese twists. Careful though – the cheese twists are a bit addictive!