Ingredients

  • 350g asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1 tbsp flour, for dusting
  • 375g ready-rolled light shortcrust pastry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 30g spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 300ml crème fraîche
  • 3 large eggs
  • 40g parmesan, grated
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • 20g pine nuts, toasted
  • 100g spinach, watercress and rocket salad

Method

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas mark 5. Cook the asparagus in a large pan of boiling water for 3-6 minutes, until just tender. Drain and set aside.

  2. 2

    On a lightly floured board, roll out the pastry and use to line a 20 x 30cm shallow baking tin, trimming away any excess pastry. Prick the base all over with a fork and bake for 5 minutes.

  3. 3

    Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and gently cook the spring onions for a few minutes until tender. Tip into a bowl to cool slightly, then add the crème fraîche, eggs, parmesan and chives and mix well.

  4. 4

    Spoon the egg and crème fraîche mixture into the pastry base, then arrange the asparagus spears on top, pressing them gently into the mixture. Sprinkle over the toasted pine nuts. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is puffed and golden and the pastry is cooked through. Cut the asparagus tart into slices and serve with the spinach, watercress and rocket salad.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2541kj 607kcal 30%
  • Fat 46.7g 67%
  • Saturates 21.5g 108%
  • Sugars 3.3g 4%
  • Salt 0.8g 13%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1030kj/246kcal

Each serving provides

30.3g carbohydrate 3.6g fibre 14.4g protein

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