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Pepper, tomato, pesto + goat's cheese tarts with bean salad

Recently I made jarred pepper, tomato, pesto and goat’s cheese tarts with red onion and mixed bean salad (inspired by jamie oliver’s mediterranean veg tarts recipe). It was a super easy + delicious veggie dinner. Recipe is below 🍅

Ingredients for the tarts:
*250g packet of puff pastry
*jar of red peppers
*jar of pesto
*fresh cherry tomatoes
*goat’s cheese

Ingredients for the bean salad:
*sliced red onion
*tin of mixed beans
*basil leaves
*red wine vinegar
*olive oil
*lemon juice

The main motivation for this meal was to use up an old frozen packet of puff pastry. Bit annoying that it came inside a plastic packet! I rolled out the pastry into a sheet and cut it into 4. Then I spread a spoon of pesto on each sheet, leaving a border. In a bowl, I added some jarred red peppers and cherry tomatoes and squished them together with a spoon. Then I placed this on top of the pesto pastry sheets. Finally, I topped them with slices of hard goat’s cheese and baked them in the oven at 180C fan for around 20-30 mins.

For the bean salad, I put the drained mixed beans and red onion in a saucepan and warmed them up on a low heat. Then I tore in some basil leaves and a drizzle of olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon juice, giving it a mix whilst doing this. I also added some salt to taste.

I served the salad and tarts with some purple lettuce. …And that’s the meal done!

Most of the ingredients I used had low-waste packaging: The tomatoes were loose and the peppers + pesto came in jars that I can reuse; the tin that the beans came in can be recycled. Only the cheese and ready-made puff pastry came in plastic packaging. Not sure how to avoid plastic packaged pastry unless I make my own - or does anyone know any good brands where it just comes in cardboard? I will investigate the fresh counter of my local supermarket to see whether I can get any cheese without plastic packaging.

Overall I would definitely make this or something similar to this again!