This post may contain affiliate links, please see our privacy policy for details.

This Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice is the best way to enjoy summer tomatoes and garden fresh herbs. Flaky puff pastry dough topped with homemade basil pesto, melty cheddar cheese, and fresh tomatoes with a light sprinkling of everything spice. So simple and easy, a true summertime delight. Finish with fresh basil, then simply slice, eat, and enjoy!

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

If there was ever a tomato tart to make, it’s this. Sometimes, or actually a lot of the time, the simplest recipes are the ones I find to be the most delicious. More times than not, simple recipes highlight a few good ingredients that make the dish really good.

With this tart, it’s all about fresh basil, summer tomatoes, and good sharp cheddar cheese. Basic ingredients, but when served together, completely delicious.

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

I’ve been making this recipe on repeat since I originally posted it back in 2016. At this point, it’s a tried and true summer staple. I don’t even need to look at the recipe to make it. It’s that simple and easy.

I make this whenever I’m short on time and/or have bought one too many tomatoes. Or even when the garden has an abundance of basil, as it does now.

I’ve always loved the combo of tomato and cheddar. It’s my childhood comfort food. It takes me back to the days of enjoying a melty tomato cheddar grilled cheese.

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

Here are the details

Start with the pastry. I use store-bought puff pastry to keep things fast. Roll the pastry, then top with basil pesto and sharp cheddar cheese.

I use the homemade basil pesto from the HBH Every Day cookbook. But you can, of course, use store-bought or your own homemade pesto. It all works as long as there’s plenty of fresh basil involved.

And now, into the oven the pastry goes.

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

For the tomatoes, the key is to find really good, really juicy heirloom tomatoes. Which is why summertime really is the very best time to make this. I like to use an array of colors: deep reds, orange, and even green.

As soon as the tart comes out of the oven, top with the fresh sliced tomatoes and high-quality olive oil. Then, if you enjoy the flavor, add a sprinkle of everything spice and sea salt.

And that’s it, simply slice and serve, soft and melty in the center, so delicious. Oh, and be sure to top with fresh basil leaves too!

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

Since the tomatoes are so fresh right now I love leaving them raw and allowing the heat from the tart to warm the tomatoes just slightly. If you have less flavorful tomatoes, the tart will be equally delicious if you bake the tomatoes onto the tart. This will give the tomatoes a touch more flavor.

It’s a little more like pizza then, but I don’t think anyone will be complaining.

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

Either way, the crust is flaky, and the cheese is crisp around the edges, yet soft and melty in the center. And the tomatoes with a touch of everything seasoning on top are so delicious.

Kind of fancy, but then not so fancy – the perfect mix of both! Enjoy!

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

Looking for other simple tomato recipes for summer? Here are a few ideas: 

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza with Cheesy Bread Crust

Spinach and Artichoke Pita Grilled Cheese

One Pot Baked Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Lastly, if you make this Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 794 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Everything Bagel Spice


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Lay the pastry on the prepared baking sheet and prick the pastry with a fork. Spread the pesto over the dough, leaving a 1/4-inch border, then top with cheddar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted.
    3. Remove from the oven and top the tart with tomatoes. Drizzle the tomatoes lightly with olive oil and sprinkle generously with everything bagel spice. Top with fresh basil. Slice and EAT! 🙂

Everything Bagel Spice

  • 1. Combine everything in a small bowl or glass jar. Keep stored in a cool, dry place.
View Recipe Comments
Heirloom Tomato Cheddar Tart with Everything Spice |

Add a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. 5 stars
    I made it last night for Easter dinner and it was the biggest hit! Everyone raved how delicious it is! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Hey Izzy,
      Happy Monday!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and your comment, I love that it was enjoyed! xT

  2. This recipe is soooo good and perfect for summer heirloom tomatoes and fresh Basil pesto. Definitely recommend adding tomatoes to the tart half way through baking so they roast a bit vs being raw. Can’t wait to make again and again!

    1. Hi Christie,
      Amazing!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was tasty for you! xT