Vegetarian Times


  • 1 pound asparagus cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • ⅔ cup chopped green onions
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 to 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 14 phyllo sheets
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook asparagus in boiling salted water 30 seconds. Drain, and refresh under cold running water until cooled.

  2. Whisk together egg and ricotta in medium bowl. Stir in green onions, basil, Parmesan, lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and asparagus.

  3. To make Crust: Coat 11- or 12-inch tart pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Lay 1 sheet phyllo on work surface. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs. Repeat with 6 more phyllo sheets, placing each sheet at a 45° angle to the previous one to form a rough circle. Lift phyllo stack into prepared tart pan, letting excess hang over sides. Gently press into pan. Spread ricotta filling in crust. Cover with plastic wrap while preparing top crust.

  4. Spray and stack remaining 7 phyllo sheets in same manner as bottom crust. Spray top sheet with cooking spray, but do not sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Set stack on top of filling and press edges to seal. With scissors, trim edges, leaving 1-inch overhang. Roll edges over to form rim. Spray with cooking spray. Cut several slits in crust for steam vents. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  5. Set tart pan on baking sheet, and bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Cool 10 minutes before serving.