Roasted Plum Tomatoes and Garlic

    55 min

    I make this recipe as a side dish for homemade macaroni cheese and Italian pasta dishes. The leftovers work great chopped up and thrown into shop bought pasta sauce!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 8 plum tomatoes, halved
    • 12 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • good handful chopped fresh basil leaves
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
    2. Place the tomato halves in a shallow baking dish in which they can all fit in snugly side by side. Insert the whole cloves of garlic in between the tomatoes. Brush olive oil over the top and sprinkle with basil. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes, until tomatoes have softened and are sizzling in the dish with the edges slightly charred. Serve while hot.


    This versatile recipe can be used as an antipasto - simply served with some cheese, olives and crusty bread. It also works nicely as a sandwich filler with some cheese - for the ultimate toastie!

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    These tomatoes are fantastic!! A great way to use winter tomatoes, they become very sweet and tasty when roasted. Sometimes I only use 2-3 cloves of garlic and place the slices between the tomatoes in the roasting dish. Also I use dried basil if I don't have fresh on hand. I usually roast them the night before and put them in the fridge. Then the next day I chop them up and heat them up and mix with hot pasta, then sprinkle with romano cheese - Delicious!  -  14 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this! I just pushed thick slivers of garlic right into the tomato halves. I think these would be incredible with some slices of really good mozzerella melted on top. Also, I am going to make a large panfull of these, dice them up and freeze to use in pasta sauce. The flavor is just outstanding. Thanks so much, Allie!  -  23 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Yummy! Instead of whole garlic cloves inserted between the tomatoes, I simply used jarred fresh minced garlic spooned on top of the tomatoes. Great with grilled ribeyes.  -  24 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)