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Vegan Asparagus Tart with Cheese Sauce

 An easy vegan asparagus tart that celebrates summer. Made with puff pastry and a cheese sauce base with herbs for extra flavour. Serve hot or cold.

close up of asparagus tart


Vegan Asparagus Tart


Asparagus season is here and my first recipe is this gorgeous vegan asparagus tart.

It's a real winner and is good served hot or cold.

It's made with golden puff pastry and filled with a cheesy sauce topped with vegetables and herbs.

Totally delicious!


When is asparagus in season?


Here in the UK asparagus is in season from the end of April to the end of June.

Just two glorious months to eat this gorgeous vegetable.

Of course, you can buy it out of season, but it's never as good as it is when you buy it locally and in season.


a pile of asparagus tips

How do you trim asparagus?


If you have full stalks of asparagus and not the shorter asparagus tips, you will want to trim it.

The end of the stalks can be quite woody.

So how do you trim it?

There's a handy wee trick to trimming asparagus. Let me share it with you.

Gently hold each end of the asparagus (hold the tip with the fingers of one hand and the end of the stalk with the fingers of your other hand).

Now gently bend it and it will snap at exactly the right point, where the stalk starts to get more woody.

It's quick and it's easy.

Do you need to trim asparagus tips?


If you buy asparagus tips, they are already trimmed.

However, I would still take a little off the stalk end, just so they are fresh.


Do you cook asparagus before adding it to a tart?


There's no need to cook the asparagus before adding it to a tart.

It needs very little cooking, so it will cook beautifully while the pastry cooks.

The same is true if you are adding it to a pizza or a quiche. Just let it cook with the rest of the dish.


vegan asparagus tart

What you need to make this puff pastry pie?


This simple, but tasty asparagus pie or tart (what would you call it?) only needs a few simple ingredients.

Puff Pastry

  • Ready rolled puff pastry - or a block of puff pastry
  • Olive oil - or other mild oil

Cheese Sauce

  • Oat milk - or your regular milk
  • Vegan butter - or spread
  • English mustard powder - or whatever mustard you have
  • Plain flour - also known as all-purpose flour
  • Nutritional yeast - also known as nooch (optional)
  • Grated vegan cheddar - or smoked vegan cheddar
  • Salt and pepper - to season

Toppings

  • Asparagus - tips or full stalks (see tips above for trimming asparagus)
  • Cherry tomatoes - or any other mini tomatoes
  • Sweetcorn - canned or frozen corn
  • Dried parsley
  • Fresh parsley - to serve
  • Salt & pepper

Variations



Here are a few ideas to tweak this summer tart.

Cheese sauce

  • Vegan style parmesan - to add more cheesy flavour 
  • Paprika - for a stronger flavour
  • Chilli flakes - for a bit of heat
  • Chives - to add flavour

Toppings

  • Mushrooms - they are always good
  • Bell pepper - adds colour
  • Sugar snap peas - or mangetout
  • Petit pois - sweeter than garden peas
  • Fresh basil - to serve
  • Vegan feta - crumbled over the tart before serving (not cooked as it turns to oil)

Drizzle

  • Sriracha hot sauce - for a bit of heat
  • Sweet chilli sauce - for a pop of sweetness
  • Balsamic glaze - just mmmmm!

a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry

Is puff pastry suitable for vegans?



Most shop-bought puff pastry from supermarket own brands to big well-known big brands like Jus-Rol are suitable for vegans here in the UK.

If you are unsure of a brand, then do have a wee look at the ingredient list.

Do avoid any that say 'all butter' as they are always dairy-based and not suitable for vegans.



What's better, block puff pastry or ready-rolled?



They both have good points and bad points.

Ready rolled puff pastry is very convenient and quick to use.

It's cut in a rectangle which is ideal for tarts or to cut smaller shapes from and it's rolled super evenly, which is something I can never do by hand.

Block puff pastry needs to be rolled out, which takes time and a bit of practice to get it even in a good shape for a tart.

However, you can roll it a little thicker and I always find you get a better rise from a block of puff pastry.


Summer vegan tart with asparagus, tomatoes & corn

How do you get a golden finish on puff pastry without using an egg wash?


If you pop pastry in the oven without taking the time to coat it, it can come out quite pale, or peely wally as we say in Scotland.

To get that golden finish without egg you can brush with plant-based milk.

Personally, I prefer to brush it with olive oil, which I think gives it a better finish.


Can I use the whole puff pastry instead of cutting it square?



I quite like to cut a tart square, it's just visually appealing.

The excess is used to make a couple of mini-tarts.

Either for packed lunches or if the boy doesn't like the toppings I am using, I can make a smaller tart with toppings he likes.

Luckily I got it spot on for him this time, although he may have picked some cherry tomatoes off.

You can of course use the whole rectangle of puff pastry. 

There will be enough toppings and cheese sauce, it just won't be as thick.


Top tip for spare puff pastry



You could use the excess pastry (if you cut the tart into a square) to make two or more small dessert tarts.

Score a border and brush it with oil, the spread the centre of each with chocolate spread or biscoff spread and top with slices of banana and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

Serve warm as they are or topped with cream or vanilla ice cream.


a slice of asparagus puff pastry pie

How to make the raised border for a puff pie or tart



Usually, when I make a pie or tart with puff pastry, I just score a border (not cut all the way through) with a knife and keep the fillings inside the border.

It raises beautifully as it bakes.

As there is a thick layer of cheese sauce in this vegan pie, I decided it needed a raised border to contain it before baking it.

Easy to do, just fold a raised edge over all the way around your square or rectangle of pastry.


Asparagus tart served with baby potatoes, broccoli, fine beans and corn

How to serve an asparagus tart


Here are a few serving ideas for this cheese and asparagus tart.

Serve hot with:

  1. Baby potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and fine beans.
  2. Mashed potato, carrots, broccoli and extra cheese sauce
  3. Baked potato and salad

Serve cold with:

  1. A dressed salad
  2. On its own in lunch boxes
  3. Couscous salad and beetroot

Vegan asparagus tart served with extra cheese sauce

Make extra cheese sauce


Believe me, you will thank me.

Just thin it down a little  with more milk and sprinkle some paprika over it when it is served.

If you are serving this hot with potatoes and a selection of vegetables, you can pour the extra cheese sauce over them.

Mmmmm! Such a treat!


How long will a puff pastry tart keep?



Store this puff pastry tart in the fridge for 3-4 days.

You can serve cold or reheat briefly wrapped in foil.


Can you freeze this tart?



Freeze this tart before you bake it.

Flash freeze it on a lined baking tray, then move to a freezer bag.

Bake from frozen.


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More vegan puff pastry tarts and pies



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How to Make Vegan Asparagus Tart

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Vegan Asparagus Tart - Step 1 (cheese sauce)

Step 1

  • Preheat the oven and then make the cheese sauce.
  • If you are using a pot, add all the ingredients into the pot, but if you are using the microwave, put the ingredients into a large jug or bowl.
  • Melt the vegan butter and milk , then add the flour and spice.

Vegan Asparagus Tart - Step 2 (cheese sauce continued)

Step 2

  • Whisk until smooth, then add the cheese and nooch.


Vegan Asparagus Tart - Step 3 (assemble the tart)

Step 3

  • Whisk to combine, if it needs it you can reheat and taste to check the seasoning.
  • Line a baking tray or use the baking paper the pastry comes wrapped in.
  • Cut it to a square or leave as a rectangle and fold the edges in to make a raised border to keep the cheese sauce contained.
  • Pour the cheese sauce and spread in an even layer (inside the raised border)




Vegan Asparagus Tart - Step 4 (add the veg)

Step 4

  • Add the asparagus and drained tinned corn (or frozen corn), then add the tomatoes.
  • Add the dried herbs and season.
  • Bake until golden.

Vegan Asparagus Tart - Step 5 (finishing touches)

Step 5

  • Add chopped fresh herbs and serve. (full recipe below)
  • Enjoy!


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Yield: 4-6
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Vegan Asparagus Tart

Vegan Asparagus Tart

An easy vegan asparagus tart that celebrates summer. Made with puff pastry and a cheese sauce base with herbs for extra flavour. Serve hot or cold.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

Puff Pastry
  • 375g )13 oz) ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Vegan Cheese Sauce
  • 200ml (3/4 cup, more if you need it) oat milk (or your regular milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter (or spread)
  • 1/2 teaspoon English mustard powder (or mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (nooch)
  • 3 tablespoons grated vegan cheddar
  • salt and pepper
Toppings
  • 10 asparagus tips
  • 5 cherry tomatoes (or other mini tomatoes), halved
  • 2 tablespoons corn (tinned or frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper
To serve
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan/400f/gas mark 4.
  2. Make the cheese sauce. It's super quick in the microwave but can be made in a pot. Heat the milk, melting the butter in it, then add the mustard and flour and whisk until smooth. Now add the nutritional yeast and grated cheese and whisk again. You can heat again if you think it needs it. It should be a thick sauce.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  4. Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then take the pastry out of the fridge, unroll it and either cut into a square or leave in a rectangle, then fold in the edges to create a raised border.
  5. Brush the raised border with oil.
  6. Pour in the sauce and spread to the inside of the raised border in an even layer.
  7. Add the asparagus, tomatoes and corn in a pleasing pattern.
  8. Season with the dried herbs, salt and pepper then bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the fresh herbs before serving.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The nooch can be left out but it adds extra flavour and vitamin B12.
  • You can serve this tart hot or cold.
  • Why not make extra cheese sauce to pour over your potatoes and veg if you are serving it hot. I sprinkled the extra cheese sauce with paprika.
  • This tart will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • You can freeze this tart before baking on a tray, them move to a freezer bag and bake from frozen.


Calories in full size rectangular tart


4 slices = 665 calories each slice

5 slices = 535 calories each slice

6 slices = 446 calories each slice


If you cut it into a square there will be less calories.


Nutrition Facts

Calories

446.03

Fat (grams)

29.2

Sat. Fat (grams)

7.96

Carbs (grams)

39

Fiber (grams)

2.98

Net carbs

36.04

Sugar (grams)

4.18

Protein (grams)

7.82

Sodium (milligrams)

327.76

Cholesterol (grams)

5.02

26 comments

  1. That looks amazing Jaqueline. I have asparagus in the fridge too. You must have known. Jill

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    1. Haha yes I am often accused of being psychic.

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    2. I made it last night Jacqueline and served it with wedges and salad. It was very good. I am looking forward to some for lunch already.

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    3. I just saw your vomnent pop up Jill. I'm so glad you liked it.

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  2. The tart looks so pretty, and it's easy and delicious too. A perfect showcase for Sunday brunch.

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  3. Enjoyed this for dinner tonight and it did not disappoint! Easily, my new favorite way to enjoy asparagus!

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    1. I'm so glad you tried it last night after all Sarah. I told you you would like it.

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  4. Such a unique and delicious tart; quite possibly the best way to enjoy asparagus!

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  5. This tart is almost too pretty to eat. Lots of textures and flavours and definitely perfect for spring. Thanks!

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  6. How pretty is that tart? I am definitely making it at the weekend. Thanks T.

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  7. Loved this tart. Your instructions were super easy to follow. thanks!

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    1. Oh I am glad. I try to make my recipes as simple as possible

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  8. I love Asparagus and try to eat as much of it as I can when it's in season. This tart looks delicious.

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    1. It's already in season up here in Scotland. The season starts at the end of April and runs to the end of June.

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  9. Yum, it's like a pizza but 100% better! We put a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce, as you suggested and it was the most delicious Friday night dinner! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    1. I suppose so, I never thought of it like that. Glad you enjoyed it and good call on the sweet chilli sauce.

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  10. I have everything to try this today and can't wait the photos are fabulous and my mouth is watering!

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  11. Had this last night. It was easy and I loved the cheese sauce in it. (Rosie)

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    1. I am so glad you enjoyed it Rosie and yes the cheese sauce is lush.

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  12. We had this for dinner last night with roasties and veg. It was so good I had to thank you.

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  13. Made this last night and my family really enjoyed it. 5 stars 🌟

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x