Friday, August 08, 2014

Summer Recipe: Savory Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Pesto Pie with an Easy Cheesy Biscuit Crust

Savory tomato, mozzarella, and basil pesto pie with an easy cheesy biscuit crust -
Scared of pie dough? This easy biscuit crust is perfect for beginners (recipe here).

It's become an annual tradition to give this longtime favorite recipe from the Farmgirl Fare recipe archives a little summer shout out. My San Marzano tomatoes are finally starting to ripen and the basil plants are growing like mad; I can't wait to make one of these scrumptious pies. Enjoy!

Do tomatoes and basil say summer to you? Do you love pesto and savory pies and melted mozzarella cheese? Then you'll want to celebrate the bounty of summer with this Savory Tomato and Basil Pesto Pie.

This is one of my most popular recipes, and men seem to especially like it. The other day my friend Susan in Vermont said, "I'm making your tomato pesto pie for dinner tonight. I made it last week, and my husband fell in love with me all over again." You'll find more rave reviews below.

When my pal Finny, who has been known to live by the motto All pie, all the time, first made it back in 2006, she added a layer of insurance for her meat loving husband—cooked and crumbled Italian sausage. How brilliant is that?

If you want to try adding some, too, you'll find my easy recipe for homemade Italian sausage here (no casings required!), and there are helpful step-by-step photos of Finny's version of this pie here, which she makes every year with Brandywine and Better Boy tomatoes from her garden (warning: Finny uses bad words).

If you're scared of pastry crust, you're going to love this recipe. The  biscuit dough is practically foolproof, and the pie itself is easy to make but looks impressive and tastes delicious.

Don't believe me? Below is a sampling of rave reviews from the comments section. Thanks so much to all of you who take the time to come back and report on my recipes. And thanks for pinning them on Pinterest too!

Read the Savory Tomato Pesto Pie reviews below. . .

—Absolutely DELISH!!! Pretty easy to construct and oh so worth it! I made it for my family over Labor Day weekend and everyone loved it!

—I made it for dinner tonight and it is right up there with one of the best things to emerge from my oven - ever!! Thank you!

—I made this outstandingly delicious tomato pie last night for dinner, and my boyfriend told me I had to email you to say thank you for the recipe. He couldn't stop saying how delicious it was. I think he had some cold for breakfast this morning. I caught a suspicious whiff of pesto on his breath when he kissed me goodbye.

—We've just finished eating that splendid meal. You would have been delighted to hear my man's ravings with each bite he took. Not only is this tasty beyond reason, it's also open to many variations; the dough is simply perfect and can accomodate any wild inspirations.

—I made the pie last night. Having never made pie crust, I can vouch that the crust is easy to make and is sublime. Turned out light, flaky, and delicious. We ate it again for lunch this afternoon. It was splendid.

—I made this last night and my fiance and I loved it. This one was a great confidence-booster, because the crust was truly easy, and it was just so satisfying and cheesy and good.

—I made this over the weekend to take for lunches this week. All I can say is YUM!!! It tastes great cold and warmed in the microwave. I have never made pie crusts before and this turned out great...even passed the mom's test.

—I finally made this over the weekend. Truly delicious - there was brawling in the kitchen for the leftovers.

—Ohmygoodness this is amazing! It came together fast and gorgeous as promised, and was more filling than expected. My two big carnivorous guy friends loved it and were full after one piece!

—I loved this recipe. It was magical. I didn't have the plum tomatoes, but I just seeded and drained the ones that had grown last week, and it was delightful.

—I’ve never made a pie in my life (or biscuits) but your explanation made me try it. I had no pesto, but had two bunches of cilantro so I found several kinds online and combined them all into one. It had cilantro, lime juice, garlic, cayenne, olive oil, and I added toasted almonds, and parmesan. All I had for cheese was some sharp cheddar, and some parmesan.

I found the crust very easy to make and had no problems (other than I can’t seem to make one round). Another change I made was to add some very crispy bacon in the layers. I came out delicious! By the way………my wife loved that I made the dinner and cleaned up the mess, so all she had to do was enjoy it.

Ready to give it a try now? Enjoy!

Hungry for something else? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

©, where All pie, all the time sounds like a very good motto to live by.


  1. HA! I come with a disclaimer now - too funny.

    For the record, this is my favorite thing to make and eat. It never gets f...I mean, messed up, and that biscuit crust is the finest contraption for holding in all the goodness - whether you add the sausage or not.

    In fact, I think I need to make another this weekend. Yeah. For sure.

    Cheers, friend.

  2. Wow, does that ever look good! I can see that being made here very soon!!

  3. "Finny uses bad words." Indeed, and that is one reason I love her. (That warning made me laugh). Also because she does things like add sausage to an already-delicious pie. Genius, that woman.

    P.S. I have not yet had the glut of tomatoes that leads to my own pie, but it is coming. Oh yes. And there will be sausage.

  4. Oh, I love your recipes!! I hope hope hope there will be a recipe book from you in the near future! Even just a compilation of all the amazing deliciousness on this website, with full color photos and all your wonderful comments to curl up on the couch with as the days are changing to fall. Then off to the kitchen to cook up a storm! Divine!

    Thanks for many wonderful meals and treats,

  5. Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, biscuit dough, and bad words, too? Yes, please!

  6. Kathy from the real Garden of Eden8/26/2011 7:48 AM

    I just wanted to give you a shout out!!! I enjoy your thoughts, pictures and recipes so very much! I am giddy when I see a new post.

    I love the ways your recipes tell you exactly what to do and what not to do!!! I has helped me have successful meals everytime. Last night it was your Savory Tomato and Basil Pesto Pie with Sausage. It was heavenly!!

    Keep up your awesome work you do because we appreciate you!!!

  7. Oh, FG...I had a wonderful tomato-cheese-phyllo pie the other day at a local organic cop-op restaurant (yes, we actually have one in Small Town, GA--and it's a gem)...OMG, it was great. And now I can make one of my own at home that's even better. The one at the restaurant had plenty of cheese, but not quite enough basil and tomatoes for my taste. Though they did add some finely-chopped prosciutto across the top, and that was a tasty touch.

    Hmm. Now off to find fresh tomatoes and basil. Farmer's market, here I come. :-)

  8. My all time favourite "looking" pie. One day I'll get around to making it. :-)

  9. Holy Moses, that looks delightful! Now I need to make it for dinner, thank you for the inspiration!

  10. My tomatoes are just starting to come up here in the Catskill Mountains and I am so going to make this pie. With sausage. And may say some bad words while making the crust, although it does sound pretty easy. It looks just wonderful!!!!

  11. I saw an older post about your apple crumb pie but no recipe - is it posted somewhere?
    Thanks - love your blog - attempting your farmhouse bread recipe today.

    1. My apple pie recipe isn't posted, but here's how I make the streusel topping. You can use it for any favorite apple (or other fruit) pie recipe instead of a pastry crust:

      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1/2 cup light brown sugar
      1/2 cup (1 stick) organic butter

      Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and use a pastry blender, a fork, or your fingers to mix in the butter until you have coarse crumbs. Or you can use a food processor - just pulse everything a couple of times. Sprinkle over your pie filling, bake, and enjoy. :)

  12. I made this last year, to rave reviews - the biscuit crust is the best!

  13. This pie looks fantastic but I think because of the unusual and constant heat this summer, I'll wait to make it later in the year.

    How're you feeling? Lots better I hope!!

  14. I made this last night and even though I know the crust is the best part, I just didn't feel like rolling it out so I used a frozen pie crust. It was still fantastic!!

  15. Hi Everybody,
    Thanks for your comments and feedback. I'm so glad this recipe is a hit!

  16. SusanNaperville8/11/2014 4:48 PM

    This is one of the many reasons I fell in love with Farmgirl Susan. <3 I hope all is well with you Susan down there in your neck of the woods. In my regular two gardens that I plant, I didn't put in a single tomato. I'm talking the advice of an "expert" to let gardens take a break from tomatoes. I still put in 20 plants in odd locations around the yard. Half of them have been over taken by weeds. My yellow cherry by the house though is the best producer ever! Fantastic flavor!

    1. Hi Susan,
      It's so good to hear from you. Yes, it's best to rotate your tomato plantings - if you can, only plant them (at the most) once every three years in the same spot, which isn't always easy!

      My gold nugget cherry tomatoes are by far my best producer this year - four big plants loaded with colorful, flavorful fruits. I always tell people that your best bet in the garden is with little tomatoes because they mature faster and that means less time for things to go wrong! :)

  17. oh yes!!!! this is on the menu next week!!!!

  18. We made this with heirloom tomatoes and homemade sausage-the crust is no fail and it is really delicious.

  19. This looks really good, will try it out!
    Happy weekend.


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