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healthy recipe: herbed ricotta tart

I’ve never been a fan of ricotta cheese, but since my diet, I experienced it while indulging in lasagna with ricotta cheese. It wasn’t that bad.  So to keep the diet going, while I ween myself off of Nutrisystem, I am looking for ways to incorporate ricotta cheese into my favorite eats.

Hence the herbed ricotta tart which, once again, I found on my favorite site here. Check it out and let me know what you think? Oh and if you happen to be on a diet like myself, consider a smaller portion with 3/4 plate full of veggies. (see photo below)

half-pound (250g) spring onions (See headnote)
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, plus more for sprinkling over the finished tart
8 ounces (285g) fresh goat cheese or fresh ricotta
1 large egg
1/2 cup (125ml) crème fraîche or heavy cream
1/2 cup (125ml) whole milk
2 ounces (55g) spicy Spanish-style chorizo sausage, finely diced
salt and freshly-ground pepper

one pre-baked 9-inch (22cm) tart shell (see Note)

1. Slice the spring onions into 1/2-inch (2cm) pieces. Melt the butter in a skillet and cook over medium heat, seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper, until tender and cooked through. When you remove it from the heat, stir in the fresh thyme and let cool to room temperature.

2. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C)

3. In a large bowl, crumble the goat cheese or ricotta, then mix in the egg, crème fraîche or cream, milk, chorizo, and a bit more salt and pepper along with the onions.

(If you wish to use any other chopped, fresh herbs, add them now as well.)

4. Scrape the filling into the pre-baked tart shell and baking until just set and slightly-browned on top, 20-30 minutes. (As you can see, I used a rectangular mold. If using a different-sized tart pan, the baking time may vary. In which case, bake until it just feels set in the center.)

5. Let the tart cool briefly, then serve either warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle fresh thyme leaves over the top of the tart before serving.

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