The Best Tomato Pie

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Filled with a mozzarella cheese mixture layered in between thick slices of summer tomatoes makes this the best tomato pie. There’s no better way to close out summer than making this delicious southern recipe.

Tomato season is underway, and creating a dinner that is fresh with tomatoes is at the top of the list. Try this sausage tomato gnocchi, this yummy creamy tomato basil chicken, or this delicious creamy tomato Italian parmesan chicken for more tomato recipes!

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The Best Tomato Pie Recipe

Tomato pie is a summer staple and one we enjoy all the time. The basic ingredients in this simple and delicious recipe are mainly the same for all, but there are several different ways to prepare it. One this is for certain though, every end of summer should include this delicious recipe.

Tomato pie is fresh and delicious and goes with just about anything. It’s a great way to use up all of those tomatoes that are exploding in the garden (anyone else trying to find all of the tomato recipes to use those up?!). Plus, it’s a fun twist on a pie. I love that it’s savory and used as the main dish for dinner. Trust me. You don’t want to miss this!

Ingredients in Tomato Pie

This savory pie is made of just a few basic ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand. The key is choosing super firm tomatoes! Use your fingertips to gently squeeze the tomatoes to test their firmness. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient measurements.

  • 9-inch Pie Shell: You can use a store-bought pie shell if you’re looking to make this recipe quickly, or you can make a delicious one of your own like this pie crust.
  • Fresh Tomatoes: The firmer the tomatoes, the better. If the tomatoes are too soft, they’ll have way too much moisture, which will make your pie soggy.
  • Kosher Salt: This helps to drain any additional water.
  • Fresh Basil: Basil and tomato are a match made in heaven! I highly recommend using fresh basil leaves if you can.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: You can use pre-shredded mozzarella cheese for this recipe, but shredding it from a block makes it slightly softer, and it melts perfectly into the pie.
  • Mayonnaise: The mayo slightly holds this pie together and adds some delicious flavor. Try making your own with this recipe!
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, and garlic powder and the main spices for this recipe. However, you can easily add in some more such as paprika and chili powder if you like a spicier version.

How to Make Tomato Pie

This pie comes together easily, and it is a great lunch or dinner menu option. It’s fresh and has the classic flavors of basil and tomato, which no one will be able to resist!

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350ºF and if making from scratch, prepare the pie dough.
  2. Slice and Coat: Slice the tomatoes to about 1/4-inch in thickness and arrange them in a single layer on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Coat the tomatoes in salt and cover again with another layer of paper towels. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine: In a medium bowl ,combine the shredded cheese, mayonnaise, fresh basil, and spices together until mixed well. Set aside.
  4. Layer: Place the 9-inch pie shell into your pie dish and arrange a single layer of sliced tomatoes on the bottom. Cover the tomatoes with half of the cheese mixture and repeat this step.
  5. Finish Layering: Layer the last of the tomato slices on top, overlapping is okay, and firmly press them into the pie. This helps the ingredients come together.
  6. Bake: Place the pie into the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the cheese begins to bubble and the edges of the crust turns a golden brown.

Which Tomatoes are Best for Tomato Pie?

The standard beefsteak or plum tomatoes work best for tomato pie because they’re not as juicy as tomatoes such as heirlooms. Make sure to choose tomatoes that are firm to touch and not soft. If you really want to use heirloom tomatoes, then you absolutely can! Just also make sure they’re super firm. If you choose tomatoes that are too soft, it will be hard to remove the water content, and your pie will turn out soggy.

The top view of a tomato pie in a white pie pan.

Can I use a Store-Bought Pie Crust?

Yes! If you’re short on time or just don’t want to hassle with making a crust, then a store-bought crust will work just as well. There is one trick I always like to use, though, and that’s to double up the crust. Purchase a dough that comes with two shells and layer one right on top of the other in your pie dish. This makes for an extra thick crust.

The side view of a tomato pie with a slice being taken out with a gold pie server.

How to Store Leftover Tomato Pie

Tomato pie leftovers are SO delicious. Plus, they keep for quite a few days so it makes a great lunch the next day too!

  • In the Refrigerator: Once your pie has cooled, then you can wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in your fridge. It will last about 4-5 days.
  • To Reheat: You can reheat your tomato pie in the microwave or even in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes. We also don’t even mind eating a slice of it cold!
A slice of tomato pie on a plate with a gold fork.

The Best Tomato Pie

4.86 from 14 votes
Filled with a mozzarella cheese mixture layered in between thick slices of summer tomatoes makes this the best tomato pie. There's no better way to close out summer than making this delicious southern recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 10 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 9-inch pie shell
  • 6 large tomatoes very ripe
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and if making prepare the pie dough.
  • Slice the tomatoes to about 1/4-inch in thickness and arrange them in a single layer on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Coat the tomatoes in salt and cover again with another layer of paper towels. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl combine the shredded cheese, mayonnaise, fresh basil, and spices together until mixed well. Set aside.
  • Place the 9-inch pie shell into your pie dish and arrange a single layer of sliced tomatoes on the bottom. Cover the tomatoes with half of the cheese mixture and repeat this step.
  • Layer the last of the tomato slices on top, overlapping is okay, and firmly press them into the pie. This helps the ingredients come together.
  • Place the pie into the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the cheese begins to bubble and the crust turns a golden brown.

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Notes

Originally Posted on July 31, 2020
Updated on August 22, 2022

Nutrition

Serves: 10

Serving1sliceCalories281kcal (14%)Carbohydrates15g (5%)Protein8g (16%)Fat22g (34%)Saturated Fat7g (35%)Polyunsaturated Fat6gMonounsaturated Fat6gTrans Fat0.02gCholesterol27mg (9%)Sodium375mg (16%)Potassium305mg (9%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar3g (3%)Vitamin A1184IU (24%)Vitamin C15mg (18%)Calcium178mg (18%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword tomato pie
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used sharp cheddar & queso fresco in a fresh pie she. We loved it and will definitely make again. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

  2. If I use store bought pie crust and layer them like you said we could do do you have to pre bake them a little bit before using? Just want to make sure it gets done once baked.

    1. 4 stars
      Thinking the same thing. I like crusts to be somewhat crispy. I haven’t made this one yet, but I will pre-bake for 10 or 15 mins.

  3. 4 stars
    My pie was also very runny. Great taste! I did salt the tomatoes & soaked up a lot of moisture before putting the pie together. Next time I might add some flour to thicken those juices.

  4. 5 stars
    My husband and I thought this was delicious. However, the contents were so runny…I think I need to leave the tomatoes on towels much longer to soak up the moisture; I used firm tomatoes BTW (only needed 5, too, like others). Someone suggested adding flour to the cheese mixture. Can anyone help!? I have shared this recipe with others; I cannot tell you how delicious it is!!

    1. I put my tomatoes in a colander, salt each layer and put a plate under it For over 30 minutes, shake gently occasionally.

  5. 5 stars
    Made this last night with fresh heirloom tomatoes & basil from our garden. It was out of this world!! I am going to use a sharper type of cheese next time, but still happy with a milder cheddar (and there will be a next time I make this, and a time after that, and on & on!). Can’t wait to eat cold leftovers this evening on a picnic & music event outdoors at my neighbors, a winery & vineyard. It’s just so good. Can’t wait!

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe thanks! I substitute Gouda or provolone since I’m not a big fan of cheddar – next time maybe white cheddar.

  7. OMGosh, I’ve been growing tomatoes for 25 years. How did I not know Tomato Pie was a thing??? It’s in the oven now and I can’t wait. Thank you!

  8. I love making tomato pie,so simple yet so delicious! Do you not have problems with soggy crust? I always blind bake them a
    bit first, but I’ve never tried NOT pre-baking them…would be nice to skip that step if possible. Just curious how you’re doing your crusts!

    1. I always pre bake crust with plenty if vent holes lol mine is never soggy. I can’t wait for Tomatoes!

  9. I made it and it was good! I added a few things from my garden… jalapeño and rosemary, plus some spring onion from the grocery store. Hope to make my next one will be with a homemade crust. Not sure if it’s to be eaten hot, cold, or either way. I ate it after a night in the fridge. I’ll try it heated, too. Leaving the tomato slices between paper towels and dabbing them seemed to be a big help in making it not too runny if you use less firm fruit.

  10. 5 stars
    It truly is The Best Tomato Pie. Wouldn’t change a thing. Great idea to slice and salt tomatoes and let them sit. I always peel the tomatoes.

  11. 5 stars
    I was searching google to fine a recipe to use my homegrown tomatoes in. I tried this recipe and it was delicious. I will do this again. I am hoping that I can freeze some it.

  12. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Make it with GF crust (Wholly Wholesome is my favorite). Sometimes change up shredded cheese, e.g. Asiago, Mozzarella, Fontina, Swiss, etc. Always add a layer of thinly sliced deli cheese to crust before adding first layer of tomatoes….helps prevent “soggy bottom” crust

  13. 5 stars
    Made this this evening and it was a huge hit.
    I thought I picked the firmer tomatoes but I guess they could have been firmer. Also, I only prepped 5 tomatoes. I could only fit 4.i cut the tomatoes in half for easier slicing.
    My husband said it’a keeper. Made it with angel hair pasta. Next time I will bake the pie crust for about 10 minutes.

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