4 (smaller) portions if served with salad. Maximum cost: £9.65 for all ingredients

Skill level: Super easy, 

Total cooking time:  25 minutes, 

  • Prep time: 10 minutes, 
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes, 

Equipment used: 1 baking tray, 1 rolling pin (if not ProsciuttoProsciuttobuying ready rolled) 1 frying pan, 


I used to eat “puff pastry pizzas” a lot when I was a student – Using shop-bought puff pastry (from the freezer), a jar of tomato chutney (going dusty on the shelves) and whatever leftover veg and cheese I had in the fridge, I could muster up a pretty decent dinner. 

The same applies now, but if you give this a tiny bit of thought, it’s easy to create something a lot more appetising than student food, but is as easy to throw together. 




To cook:

Roll out the ready made puff pastry, aiming for the same thickness as a £1 coin – If you buy a 375g pack of ready rolled pastry from any supermarket, this stage will already be done for you

You can either leave the ready rolled pastry base whole or cut into appropriately sized tartlets – the bigger the better I say as this allows you to add more filing, so as long as it fits onto a baking tray, leave it whole if you can. 

Score an edge around the outside and prick the inside base with a fork – this will prevent the base from rising up but ensures that the outside has a nice crust 

Spread a generous layer of either tomato chutney / pesto / sun-dried tomato paste (simply blitz a jar of sun-dried tomatoes) and top with your favourite ingredients – My go to is to use a base of tomato chutney mixed with a little chilli jam and top with a mixture of leek, Parma ham or prosciutto, rosemary and Gorgonzola (you will need to soften the leek with some butter in a frying pan first)

Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on size)

When golden, simply serve or drizzle with some balsamic glaze if you fancy. Serve with salad



All prices from Sainsbury’s, March 2017, unless otherwise stated

  • 1 packet of puff pastry (£1.30 for 375g)
  • tomato chutney (£2) 
  • Parma ham / prosciutto (£3, although I can get packets of 4 slices at my local butchers for £1.80 which is significantly nicer than some supermarket varieties)
  • Gorgonzola (200g for £2)
  • 1 leek (65p)
  • rosemary sprigs (70p)
  • Balsamic glaze (optional)  – Available at Waitrose for £1.99, a thicker, sweeter version of a vinegar
  • Salad leaves


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