Summer’s Bounty & Pesto Veggie Tart

Ah, summertime, lots of fresh vegetables from the garden. Today we had an awesome time making homemade pickles- 22 jars of them! We are cool as a cucumber- hahaha.

 I finally learned how to use the macro function on my camera, and spent an hour wandering around arranging vegetables and picking up leaves in my cousin’s garden. Check it out:


I get Family Fun magazine by Disney, and we tried a recipe for a Pesto Veggie Tart that came out awesome! Of course I had to edit, here’s how we did it:


  • 1 pizza dough
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • 1 medium-large zucchini cut into 1/2 thick rounds, then in half
  • 2-3 small yellow squash- cut same way
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • corn kernals from 2 fresh corn on the cob
  • 20 or so grape tomatoes
  1. Same way we make a pizza, but I used the whole dough. Preheat oven with a pizza stone to 450 degrees. Roll dough out on a floured board, leaving outside edge around a little thicker. Sprinkle corn meal on the wooden pizza peel, and place dough on it. 
  2. Cut the zucchini and yellow squash into rounds and then in half. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, and corn and season with salt and pepper. Cook the vegetables until they’re lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Transfer them to a bowl to cool, then toss them with the pesto.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the goat cheese or cream cheese and the egg until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the egg and cheese mixture over the pizza crust. Spread the cooked vegetables on top, then evenly scatter the tomatoes and Parmesan over the vegetables. Bake the tart until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let it cool slightly on a wire rack. Sprinkle it with basil before serving. Serves 8.

 Buon appetito- Carlitos even liked it! Of course he worked up quite an appetite, while we played with vegetables in the garden, he defended the future of the planet from two headed dragons, frogs and bats in the pool.


About debratap

Mom, artist, analyst- taking some time to figure it all out!
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10 Responses to Summer’s Bounty & Pesto Veggie Tart

  1. Christine says:

    Looks amazing!! I love cukes and pickles. Great pictures!

  2. rebecca says:

    Doggone it…now I am hungry again…9:32 pm Sat. eve. :-)rb

  3. DEBRA says:


  4. Sarah says:

    I am jealous, Martha! Only wish I had time for the same. Hope you are enjoying your summertime family fun. Gorgeous pictures and pickles! Enjoy 🙂

  5. Laurita says:

    Sounds like a great match for all of your love for cooking. I am doing the same in OH, yet slightly towards a different pallet with the healing. Had to postpone today until next week with a drastic shift of hemoglobin. Vita-Lea w/Iron was on hand and was a relief along with the skills you have taught me. Carlitos is doing well floating, I think it wasn’t too long ago, that was not so great. Missing everything and finding balance in each day. Love and Hugs, L

  6. Laurita says:

    BTW: Great Photography!!!! 🙂

  7. chris says:

    Your’e doing the veggies and poppy & I are doing the fruit!
    We made apricot 2 weeks ago and recently made plum & apple.
    your pictures are so good, and carlitos, well he is a cutie and i love what
    you’re doing here!

  8. chris says:

    oh I mean jams!

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