Easy vegan Puff Pastry Asparagus tart. If you’re British you look forward to the first asparagus of the season. Along with Rhubarb and Strawberries, it seems to symbolise the onset of Summer.
If you just can't get enough asparagus this season, try my delicious and simple asparagus soup, just three ingredients and ready in time at all.
Now, I’m not going to treat you like idiots. You all know that the best way to have Asparagus is steamed and dripping with butter but what about when you get sick of having it that way (if that’s possible)? Or how about surprising those people who say that Asparagus is over-rated (my grandparents, for example)? Last night I drove to our local PYO farm shop and bought two bunches of Asparagus to cook in other ways that still highlight the delicacy of this long-limbed emerald beauty.
There is nothing like eating a stick of asparagus in the car, revelling in the slightly bitter ‘flower’ and marvelling at the sweetness of the stalk, so sweet that it almost tastes like pea pods. Later on in the season, the stalk will become woody and you will snap more and more of it off before preparation. For now though, it is another welcome treat from Spring. Katie over at Wholefood Soul Food Kitchen has a beautifully simple asparagus salad that just makes the natural flavor sing.
I toyed with different variations: adding some frozen peas, new potatoes. New season Asparagus needs no such fripperies yet. My one concession to any additional flavouring was a cheezy savoury custard to cradle the asparagus. It just adds another layer of savoury-ness that is sublime.
The tart is simple to make, particularly if you use pre-rolled puff pastry. The Asparagus spears will have bobbed to the top and scorched beautifully in places. Leave to cool for ten minutes then cut into soft, squidgy slices. The custard will not have set solid but instead is wobbly, creamily firm, almost like a soufflé. It is wonderful warm but great cold as well. And it keeps in the fridge (I had just had a slice for lunch). I have also made a more traditional but vegan quiche using asparagus here.
How do you make vegan Asparagus Tart?
As with many vegan recipes that rely on egg or dairy replacers, they are often much simpler than their non-veggie counterpart.
This has no egg in it, rather a creamy saucy base made with vegan cream cheese (I prefer Violife), but in this instance I used Tesco's own vegan version. I added some sauteed spring onions and a little fresh Thyme, then stirred this into my cream cheeze, along with some Dijon Mustard and thickened (and flavoured!) with nutritional yeast. No self-respecting vegan would be caught without Nooch in their store cupboard. It adds an authentic cheese-like flavour to sauces, whilst also thickening. Some people sprinkle it on buttered toast or on their salads as well. It also rich in nutrients.
You don't need to blanch the asparagus first, the heat from the oven will cook it through perfectly.
(This is ONLY a list of ingredients for the recipe; please see recipe card below for complete printable recipe. Or if you use the JUMP TO RECIPE at the top of the page, it will take you directly to the complete recipe.)
Asparagus out of season? No problem, try these alternatives:
- Thinly sliced potatoes
- Broccoli Florets
- Green Beans
- Thin slices of Courgette and Tomatoes
- You can also use a mixture of different seeds instead of pine nuts. I added some sesame seeds to my pastry "frame" just for some added interest.
What is the difference between purple and green Asparagus?
I can honestly say, that using both purple and green in this tart, I didn't notice any discernible difference in flavour, and in fact, the purple lost it's colour after cooking! So you can use any asparagus you like
Vegan Asparagus Tart Recipe
- Baking Sheet, lined
- 320 g Puff Pastry ready rolled
- 20 stems Asparagus woody ends cut off
- 150 g Vegan Cream Cheese (I like Violife) room temperature
- 3 Spring Onions sliced into rings
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Thyme fresh
- ½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
- Zest of one Lemon
- 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon Pine Nuts
- Preheat oven to 220c
- Prep your asparagus by snapping of the ends where it starts to yield. Discard these woody ends (or use them in a soup)
- To make the cheezy mixture, place the vegan cream cheeze in a bowl and mix with a fork to soften.
- In a pan, gently heat the olive oil and saute the spring onion and some fresh thyme leaves until softened. Add to the cream cheeze.
- Add the nutritional yeast, mustard and lemon juice, Mix well, then season to taste.
- Prep the pastry case. Place your prerolled pastry on your lined baking sheet. You may need to trim it fit if, like me, you're using a smaller sheet.
- Score the pastry to form a "frame"
- Spread the cream cheeze mixture within the "frame" of your pastry case, and layer the asparagus in one layer on top.
- Sprinkle over the pine nuts and lemon zest.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and puffed.
- Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into squares and serving
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How gorgeous are those purple asparagus?? Love that it retains the colour after baking. Great recipe! I've been trying to reduce the amount of meat in my diet and always looking for something new to try. Loads of asparagus around at the moment so this is perfect!
The Sudden Cook says
Thank you! I go meatless on weekday lunches so recipes like these REALLY help me out. Great one.
What a fabulous recipe! I made this for lunch and my husband loved it! It was so simple to make too! We have so much fresh asparagus ready right now so this was a great way to use it! Thanks!
This is perfect for summer picnics. What a beautiful recipe. Thank you again Freya!
Oh, my drool! I love asparagus. I really need to get to farmers market this weekend and see if I can get some so I can make this. I may not share with the family at all. Puff Pastry is a beautiful thing. Thank you!
Mihaela | https://theworldisanoyster.com/ says
What a great idea for a savoury puff pastry with all the goodies in it! I will definitely make it very soon!!
I love this puff pastry tart, so quick and easy to make.
Amy Roskelley says
I've been binging on Asparagus lately! haha. I must add this recipe to my meal plan!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen says
Yummy. Yummy. My mouth is watering. I want to eat that!
Love a puff pastry tart! And this asparagus looks delicious. Can’t wait for spring to make this!
This is such a great tart! The pastry came out nice and flaky, and I just loved that creamy, cheesy texture.
This is sooo good! Love that little hint of mustard too.
This tart is gorgeous and so easy to make. The asparagus are tender and delicious, this is a great lunch or snack.
Looks like absolutely delicious tart. I love the idea of using puff pastry..it's easy and perfect here! Definitely making this over the weekend.
I have got to try this with your vegan cream cheese! This sounds incredible!
Sandhya Ramakrishnan says
I am in love with this recipe. We love asparagus and this was such a fun way to cook them. This is going to be a regular at our house!
Jacqueline Debono says
It's soon asparagus season here in Northern Italy and I love the sound of this tart! On my to make list!
This is a gorgeous tart! And such a beautiful way to highlight my favorite spring veggie. I make asparagus quiche every year but now I'm excited to know I'll have this vegan option to serve to my vegan friends! I can't wait for the first asparagus of the season to appear at the market to give this recipe a try.
I can't wait until asparagus season is here so I can make this tart. It is right around the corner and I want to be sure to use the best asparagus when I make it.
Gorgeous tart. Asparagus is now in season. I have them in my fridge. I'll bake this tart tonight. Thanks. Can't wait.
Kayla DiMaggio says
SO delicious! I love asparagus and this tart was everything I could wish for in an asparagus dish!
beautiful tart and tastes like spring garden
Laura Benton says
This was delicious! I used a mix of Miyoko cream cheese, Kit Hill almond ricotta and coconut yogurt with sautéed shallots because that is what I had and it was a big hit. Don’t skip the lemon zest!
Thanks Laura! That's a great time and such lovely feedback!