Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there’s no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before roasting.

After roasting, I really wasn’t sure what exactly I waould even use them for, but I knew they would be beautiful and delicious.

After oven-roasting (they can also be grilled, too, using the recipe below), they’re wonderful when pureed to make a simple pasta or pizza sauce, or just threw them on top of other vegetable mixes, in cooked rice or pasta, on top of meat or fish. You can really do whatever you like with them.

Here’s how to get them beautifully roasted in the oven:

Oven Roasted Tomatoes


7 Roma tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

1-2 tablespoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

good quality olive oil


Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut each tomatoe in half and place them face up on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Add salt, dried parsley and dried basil (as well as any other herbs you enjoy) to each tomato half.

Drizzle the tomaotes generously with olive oil.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and process according to the recipe you will use it in.

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  1. Love your site and your recipes they are wonderful,I cook here in Mexico and not always I get some spices or rare vegetables, but I love cooking with what I get from here I manage well. About your nice and delicious tomatoes, I do them just like you and some times for a change, also i just add a little sugar to each one before taking them to roast and I like them a little carbon look and use them with different kind of salads made with some filled pasta all mixed together with a nice vinaigrette. Thank you for all the recipes i receive love them all.
    • Bienvenido Aida, gracias por venir! I'm so glad you stopped in all the way from Mexico to comment and hope you'll be coming back! -Yvonne

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