A non-traditional Tomato Pie with zucchini and farro is a great way to showcase summer tomatoes. The farro and zucchini give some texture, and a little gruyere is the perfect topping for this healthy dish. Great as a main dish, side, or even for breakfast.
Tomatoes are everywhere this time of year and I always end up bringing home more than I can eat from the farmers market. Taylor loves a traditional tomato pie, but sometimes I just don’t want to mess with a crust. This tomato pie recipe is a great healthy meal without mayonnaise or a crust. For a more traditional version, try a cheesy tomato pie, you won’t be disappointed.
With this version, you can use up those tomatoes that are just too ripe to cut into picture perfect slices, you’ll still need just a few pretty slices for the top. The tomatoes are chopped into pieces and cooked along with zucchini and onions for a really hardy dish. I make this with farro, but rice will also work. I love the crunchy nutty flavor and texture that farro adds.
What is farro
Farro is a nutty flavored, nutrient packed, grain with a chewy texture. It has protein and fiber which makes it hearty alternative to rice.
I’ll make a large batch of farro and freeze what I don’t eat to use in this dish or to just have for leftovers. You can cook the farro in chicken broth instead of water if you want even more flavor. If you’re vegetarian, just use water or vegetable broth.
How do you make a HEALTHY Tomato Pie
This takes about 20 minutes to prep, and about 30 minutes to bake, but you can do the prep work in advance.
Step 1: Cook the onion and then add zucchini chunks to the pan. Once it starts to get tender, but before it gets mushy, you’ll add chopped tomatoes to the mix.
Step 2: Add farro that has already been cooked in chicken broth or water. (It takes about 30 minutes to cook farro) Add the farro to the vegetable mix and combine with cheese and eggs.
Step 3: Top with some sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese and bake so that all the flavors can come together.
This is not runny like some tomato pies, but holds its shape when served. I love the flavor of the tomatoes that have been cooked down with the vegetables. Adding sliced tomatoes to the top adds even more summer freshness to this pie. This could easily be a meal in itself.
More yummy fresh TOMATO recipes!
- Tomato Galette
- Tomato Tart
- Zucchini tomato salad
- Tomato salad
- Tomato jam
- Tomatoes and chicken
- Salsa with peaches
What should you serve with tomato pie
While this tomato pie recipe is hearty enough for a meal, it’s also great as a side. Try some it with some of these dinner recipes.
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Adapted from NY Times
- 3 medium to large tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 large squash about 1 lb
- salt and pepper
- 3 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 1 cup cooked farro/rice cooked in chicken broth or water
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups gruyere grated
- Preheat oven to 375º. Spray a glass pie dish or casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Peel 2 of the tomatoes and chop fine discarding the seeds, you will want about 1 cup of diced tomatoes. Slice the remaining tomato for the top of the pie. Cut squash into ¼ inch slices and cut into quarters.
- Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about a minute. Add squash and season with salt. Cook until the squash is starting to get soft but is not mushy. Add chopped tomatoes, thyme and salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes until the mixture has cooked down, Stir in the cooked farro and remove from heat.
- Whisk together eggs in a large bowl and add vegetables and 1 cup of cheese. Combine and place in prepared dish. Sprinkle the top with a little cheese and place sliced tomatoes on top. Top with remaining cheese and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 minutes until the top is starting to brown and the vegetable mixture is bubbly. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Barbara's Tips + Notes
- To save time, make the farro ahead of time. It will save in the refrigerator for several days.
- For more flavor use chicken broth when cooking the farro instead of water.
- If you don't have fresh thyme, use 2 teaspoons of dried.
- You can freeze and reheat in the oven.