Tasty and Terrific “Traditional” Provençal Tomato Tarte

This Tarte aux Tomates is a traditional Provençal Tomato Tarte. It is easy to prepare, delicious, and just right for our descent into chilly nights around the fire with the fam.

This dish is great for vegetarians by simply leaving out the layer of ham and adding another layer of tomato, cheese, or spinach. We have tried all of these variations in our kitchen and it has never let us down.

And if you use my Super Flaky Keto Pie Crust recipe with it, this wonderful tarte is also fully Keto since the amount of actual tomato in it is easily kept within Keto limits.

One thing we love about a traditional Provençal Tomato Tarte is that it is easily adapted to whatever cheese we might have on hand. It is usually made with Gruyere, but you can mix or substitute cheese as you wish or as your stock on hand demands.

Don’t be afraid to experiment because this recipe is very forgiving.

One of our favorite variations is to add a single layer of Provolone to it along with a single layer of fresh spinach leaves topped with more grated Gruyere. You can use what you have on hand and what you most like.

But you can’t get away from the fact that Gruyere is a perfect marriage with tomato.

This dish is pairs wonderfully with a lovely glass of your favorite Rosé or Bordeaux Blanc or even a New World Sauvignon Blanc and a side of grilled asparagus. We like to finish (as oppose to start) with a fresh green salad. But of course, the order of the meal is totally up to you, your taste buds, and your traditions.

class french recipe for mustard asparagusIf a side of asparagus sounds good to you, our Classic Mustard Asparagus recipe hails from the same Provence area in southern France. We find it a perfect taste blend with this tomato tarte.

Plain grilled asparagus pairs well with it, but our French mustard version ups the ante.

You see in the photo of the tomato tarte that the crust appears roughly folded. We usually fold the crust over in the traditional rustic French tarte manner because we like it that way best.

But if your aesthetics prefer, you can confine it neatly in a regular pie or quiche dish. Your call. We find the extra flaky crust of the foldover suits our taste best.

You can use any crust recipe for this tarte, even a pre-made one you purchase in the store. But if you want to keep it Keto, we suggest Mimi’s Truly Flaky Crust that is fully Keto and really delicious.

Just be aware that for a flaky Keto crust, you will need enough refrigeration time. And that usually means preparing the crust a day ahead.provence rose to go with tomato tarte

For companion wine, you can never go wrong with a wine from the same region as the dish. And as we’re sure you know, the Provence area is particularly famous for its fine Rosés.

But we have found that other good French Rosés pair well with this dish as well. And there are many excellent Rosé regions in France to choose from. Some are surprisingly inexpensive.

You will usually find the Provence Rosés a bit pricier than those from other regions — and certainly the Provence-style is distinct even among French Rosés.

Many Americans have a negative concept of Rosés as being overly sweet. French Rosés are not.

In fact, unlike Rosés produced in North American, you often will find French Rosés refreshingly complex. Some even approach a medium bodied wine rather than a light wine.

Here are a few of our budget-minded favorites.

oree des roses rose wine review la grand vigne rose wine reviewchapoutier bellaruche rose wine reviewYou can link to our reviews of each by clicking on the pictures. And you can find links to locations to purchase each of them in our reviews.

We fully realize that deep reds are usually eaten with heavy tomato sauces. But this dish doesn’t have a heavy tomato sauce.

The tarte brings out the fresh, young taste of the tomatoes. And we have found we like it best with the lighter and brighter notes found in a good Rosé.

As always, pair what you like with food. Never let anyone else’s palate stand in the way of your own preferences.

But then, if you are open to a little stretch — try a good Rosé.

One final note on the recipe.

Pay attention to the tomatoes you use.

We prefer the commercially available Romas here in the U.S. But you can use whatever tomatoes you can find that are fresh. Always opt for fresh organic tomatoes for this recipe when you can, no matter what the variety of tomatoes. Fresh is best.

traditional french tomato tarte

Traditional Provençal Tomato Tarte

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting time after removing from oven.: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: Keto, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 233.2kcal
Author: Mimi
Cost: $7


  • Pan with removable bottom or good quality ceramic tarte dish



  • Pre-heat oven to 420 F.
  • Make a crust & put it in a pan with a removable bottom.
  • Spread a layer of Dijon mustard over it.
  • Add thinly sliced ham.
  • Sprinkle basil over the ham.
  • Grate Gruyere cheese over that.
  • Add thinly sliced tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with Herbs de Provence.
  • Drizzle with good Olive oil.
  • Bake at 420 F for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and set under broiler only for a couple of minutes just to finish the top.


We note here that the nutritional values show are for regular gluten pie crust. They will be different if you use our recommended gluten-free pie crust.
Until recently we have use Maille Dijon mustard. And it is always good. But we link in this recipe to a new find that we are over the moon about. We LOVE the Dijon-style mustard from Bornier.
We have also linked to a fairly recent find for French ham that is absolutely the best ham we have ever tasted. Yes, you do have to cook it first. And that's separate from this recipe. Our recipe for the Tomato Tarte uses the ham after it has been cooked.
The price we estimate for this dish includes using our new favorite imported French ham.
This dish is easily made vegetarian by simply leaving out the layer of ham. In which case you may want to substitute a layer of spinach. (We love it that way.) You can always toss in some mushrooms or olives if you wish.


Calories: 233.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 9.7g | Fat: 14.2g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Cholesterol: 23.7mg | Sodium: 377.9mg | Potassium: 235.5mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.7g | Vitamin A: 641.9IU | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 135.3mg | Iron: 1.9mg
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