Super Quick Puff Pastry Veggie Tarts

[Recipe is sponsored by Volkswagen.]

Our kids have this fascination with cars, so instead of the usual autumnal themed veggie tarts today we’re topping our pastries with Beetles!

Children will love them and they are so quick and easy to prepare, especially if you are using frozen veggies and ready made puff pastry. They will make great midweek meal.

Our girls gave those veggie tarts 10 out of 10 and cleared the plates within minutes.

If you are looking for more VW inspired recipes, take a look at Food Bloggers for Volkswagen Pinterest board.

vegetarian puff pastry recipe


  • 500 g ready puff pastry, if frozen – defrosted
  • 250 g chestnut mushrooms (washed and chopped)
  • 500 g mixed frozen veggies
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs cooking olive oil
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • sea salt – to taste
  • freshly ground black peppercorns – to taste
  • a bit of flour to dust working surface

easy puff pastry recipe


  • large baking tray lined with baking paper
  • rolling pin (or wine bottle)
  • frying pan
  • cookie cutter (we used a car shaped one)

vegetarian recipe for kids


  1. First prepare the mushrooms: wash, chop and fry them on butter until browned, leave aside.
  2. Add olive oil to the frying pan and stir fry frozen vegetables until ready.
  3. Combine with mushrooms, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut of a bit of the pastry, evenly on each of the sides to keep the block square.
  5. Use the dough to create shapes that will decorate top of the tarts.
  6. Share the rest of the dough into 4 squares.
  7. Roll out each square and top with quarter of the veggie mixture and quarter of the cheese.
  8. Decorate with dough shapes and bake in the oven preheated to 200°C  (392°F) until golden.
  9. Share to the plates and enjoy immediately with a cup of tea.

Makes 4 large veggie tarts.

easy veggie pastry recipe


For smaller, snack size tarts, share the dough into 9 instead of 4 squares.


For more puff pastry recipes, take a look at our Pumpkin Spice Puff Pastry Swirls or Ella’s Quick Apple (& Apricot) Pies.

DISCLOSURE: This post has been sponsored by Volkswagen. All opinions expressed here are our own and we retained full editorial control.

Your thoughts…

  1. These are adorable! Not sure why but I always feel super intimidated by puff pastry! Now I really want to give it a shot!

  2. Oh, I completely understand you Sarah. Ready puff pastry sounds tricky but in reality it is pretty easy to use. On the other hand I haven’t been brave enough to attempt making my own yet… One of the things on my to-try list for 2017! :)

  3. I love using puff pastry. I call it kitchen Play Doh. This looks easy and tasty. Perfect to feed a crowd too.

  4. Play Doh sounds great Gloria. My girls would definitely love that idea :)

  5. I think this is a fantastic way to get kids to eat all their veggies. I can’t wait to try it out on my kiddos. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Yes, it really is April. My girls enjoyed those pastries a lot and saved cars for last.

  7. That is an adorable idea and alluring for the kiddos. I’m always pushing more veggies, so thanks for this idea.

  8. Thank you Lynne! Yes, kids are so concentrated on the crunchy puff pastry, car toppers and cheesy bits that they are eating all veggies without even realizing :)

  9. These are so cute! The perfect meal for the VW enthusiast! :) LOVE that teatowel too!

  10. Thank you Elizabeth, the kitchen towel is very pretty indeed. We all love VW Beetles here so it was perfect meal for my kids.

  11. So cute! I can see why the kids would go crazy for these. They would be perfect for parties too. Pinned!

  12. Thank you Lucy!! Yes, they could be made a bit smaller as party snacks. Thanks for the tip :)

  13. What an absolutely adorable idea. Love it! Thanks for sharing

  14. Thank you Katrin.

  15. These veggie tarts sound delicious and I love the cute Beatle on top. Bring back the Beatle I say!

  16. Thanks Choclette :) It was my dream car when I was younger… still is but now I need something bigger to fit the kids!

  17. I could totally see my daughter (and my husband) playing with this before they gobble it up. It’s so adorable. I love the idea of making the cars to place on top.

  18. Thank you Tanya. I’m very happy to hear you like them :)

  19. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    This is super cute!! What a great idea to help get your kiddos to eat their veggies. It’s more fun when there’s a car on top. Plus, it sounds really good, too.

  20. Thank you Kimberly! The things we do to make them eat more veggies :)

  21. Loving these puff pastry tarts which I’ve seen on Pinterest but hadn’t realised were yours, what a fun and healthy meal for kids or grown ups:-)

  22. Thank you Camilla. After our conversation the other day I made my first long pin… I think they look better on Pinterest :)

  23. Hey Margot – I’m SUCH a lazy cook so these are perfect for me :-) Thanks for sharing!

  24. Thank you Ellie! :)

  25. I am a sucker for puff pastry and love when it is used in savoury applications. This would make a quick and easy mid-week lunch or weekend brunch!

  26. Thank you Jacquee, yes, it would. I’m actually considering making it again today for my girls when they get back from school.

  27. This is definitely a better way to enjoy vegetables…and they look cute too!

  28. Thanks Jamala :)

  29. My, my my! This looks amazing and a wonderful piece of art. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Thanks a lot Fred!! :)

  31. What a super cute idea putting the car shape on top! I love tarts like this – such a quick and tasty option for a lightning quick midweek meal :-)

  32. Thanks Katie, it can be anything they like – car, dinosaur, plane… My younger girl is a big fan of vehicles (and robots).

  33. Super fun looking way to get my kids to eat their veggies!

  34. Yes, it is Derek. Let me know the result when you try :)

  35. These are tooooo cute Margot! Love the little puff pastry Beetle on top too :)

  36. Thanks Jeanne, me too! :)

  37. What a great idea, my kids are mad about puff pastry and I have a block in the freezer so much give these a try. This would be perfect for when friends and families come over too, they wouldn’t last long!

  38. Thank you Laura, yes, they wouldn’t last. I need to stock up some frozen puff pastry, kids are asking for those all the time now.

  39. How adorable this looks! And what a way to make my kids eat veggies. I’m sure they are gonna love this.

  40. Thanks Michelle. Yes, they loved it.

  41. These tarts look gorgeous and I love the car theme. They would be perfect served with a nice crisp salad.

  42. Yes, definitely Nayna. My girls’ favourite is Iceberg lettuce with lemon and sugar vinaigrette.

  43. These are mouth-watering tarts, Margot! Yummy!

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