May 9, 2023

Southern tomato pie

Plate with a slice of southern tomato pie.

A main dish savory pie made with ripe summer tomatoes, sweet onions, fresh basil, and a creamy cheesy filling.

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I love the flavor of fresh summer garden tomatoes. They are some much more flavorful and sweet than other times of the year. A terrific way to use them and enjoy their delicious flavor is in this Southern tomato pie.
We grow tomatoes every year in our garden. They are one of my favorite things to grow because there are so many colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. We love trying all different types. 

This tomato pie recipe is a recipe that works best for sweet and fleshy tomatoes. Beefsteak tomatoes would be an excellent choice.
Part of the steps of making this recipe is to drain out as much of the juice as you are able to prevent to pie from being too soggy (and having a very soggy crust). This step is key because tomatoes are full of water and you want to get as much out as possible.

Top view of a baked southern tomato pie.

Besides tomatoes, this pie contains sweet onions and fresh basil. These are two other flavors that remind me of summer and go so well with tomatoes. The filling has a touch of garlic powder as well.

The rest of the filling is made from a combination of mayonnaise, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese. These make the pie creamy, cheesy, and hold it all together. Then it is topped with a bit of breadcrumbs.

You can use a store bought pie crust, or use your favorite homemade pie crust recipe. I like to use this all butter pie crust recipe that I share in a post for apple crumb pie. 

This Southern tomato pie makes a nice summer meal for lunch or dinner. Serve it with a big green salad for a complete meal. 
If you have some tomatoes you need to use up, whether they are from your garden, CSA box, or grovery store, tomato pie is a great choice. 

Southern tomato pie ready for serving.

Yield: about 8 servings
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Southern Tomato Pie

Southern Tomato Pie

A main dish savory pie made with ripe summer tomatoes, sweet onions, fresh basil, and a creamy cheesy filling.


  • 1 recipe for your favorite pie crust
  • 5 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Vidalia (or other sweet) onion
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon plain breadcrumbs


  1. Roll and fit your pie crust to a standard pie pan/plate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to put pie together.
  2. Place the chopped tomatoes and onions in a colander over a bowl. Gently toss them with one teaspoon of salt. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour (this is to remove as much moisture as possible so the pie is not super soggy).
  3. After the hour, gently stir the tomato mixture with a rubber spatula to remove as much built up moisture as possible. Stir in the basil along with a few grinds of black pepper.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Uncover the crust and fill it with the tomato mixture, spreading evenly.
  5. In another bowl, mix together the mayo through garlic powder along with a pinch of salt and a couple grinds of pepper. Spread the mixture evenly on top of the tomatoes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, until the top is golden and the crust is golden.
  7. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and then serve warm. It's best to cool longer to let it set.
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Cheesy top of southern tomato pie.

This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated in 2023 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience.

Check out these other pie recipes:

Turkey Taco Crescent Pie

Savory Onion Pie 

Honey Walnut Pie

Sour Cream Blueberry Pie

Old-fashioned Zucchini Pie


  1. I have always been curious about tomato pies. This one has a real old-school feel to it, though I don't remember anyone making a tomato pie when I was growing up. Maybe where I lived in Missouri wasn't southern enough? I will be giving this one a try.

  2. I've made a few tomato tarts, so know I'd love your pie! It looks yummy!!

  3. Hi Amy, this is my summer dream dinner, I love how tomatoes taste when they are baked and nestled in dough. This is a real keeper!

  4. Hi Amy, this is my summer dream dinner, I love how tomatoes taste when they are baked and nestled in dough. This is a real keeper!

  5. I've never had a tomato pie, but I'm been dying to try one. Really need to make this -- it looks most excellent. Thanks!

  6. I'm embarrassed to say that, after 15+ years living in Tennessee, I have STILL never made or eaten tomato pie! And this is especially strange because I LOVE fresh tomatoes. I guess because we didn't grow up eating it (in Boston), I just never think about it when I have fresh tomatoes to use up! Yours looks fantastic, and now I really wish I had made one before our garden's tomatoes had been used up last week!

  7. I have never heard of this pie before! Looks so delicious, I wish I could have some for dinner.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Gourmet Getaways

  8. Wow! This tomato pie looks incredibly delish! YUM!

  9. This look fantastic. I can honestly say I've never had a tomato pie in my life.

  10. DEFINITELY sounds like a southern treat! ;)

  11. I have never had a tomato looks amazing!

  12. I've had tomato pie on my baking bucket list also! I think I might be too late for it this year, but am bookmarking this for next year!

  13. I've never made a tomato pie before. In fact, I don't think I've every eaten one. Yours sure have inspired me to change that. I have lots of homegrown tomato right now, so this is perfect. Thanks!

  14. I love tomato pie so much and yours looks delicious!

  15. I love anything tomato - especially pie! Great recipe :)

  16. I have some fresh tomatoes that need using - I love this idea! Southern cooking is my favorite.

  17. this savory pie! Pinned! Thanks for adding it to our Friday Frenzy Link Party!

  18. I have never made a tomato pie! Now I will have to try it.
    Thanks for link up to the Friday Frenzy!

  19. We love tomato pie and this recipe is very similar to my recipe but I par bake my crust for 10 minutes to keep it from getting soggy from too much tomato juice and I also let the tomatoes sit in a colander for 15 minutes to drain excess juice, sometimes I use sliced tomatoes instead of chopped that have been laid out on cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Very good pie.


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