Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

oven-roasted tomato recipe

Someone around here jumped the gun here on early harvested tomatoes and I came home the other day and found a bowl of les tomates Campari in a little paper sack, in the kitchen.

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Since they weren’t as nice and softened as a full-on ripe tomato should be, instead of eating them on their own, I oven-roasted them, which is a great way to coax out flavor from less-than-pristine tomatoes.

oven-roasted tomatoes

This is the perfect technique for both concentrating flavor and preserving tomatoes, something I also do at the end of the season. Then I freeze them in portions to use for a quick pasta or lasagna sauce in the fall and winter.


Because fresh tomatoes come from plants, and aren’t standardized (or at least they shouldn’t be) – moisture, ripeness, and variety are some of the various factors that come in to play – so the roasting time may vary. It’s kind of hard to overcook them, but do check them as they’re roasting every once in a while to monitor their progress.

oven-roasted tomatoes

I especially like to roast tomatoes when I have something else in the oven, because I don’t always want to keep the oven lit, especially in the summer. If I’m making something that requires a higher oven temperature, I’ll put them in the oven, too, then turn the oven off and let them coast to the finish.

If you’re one of those folks who doesn’t like tomato skins (I’ve seen people push them to the side, but I eat them), they’ll slide right off after baking. I add fresh garlic, sliced, rather than minced, because the long-roasting brings out the sweetness in garlic, and it’s nice to get substantial bites of garlic along with the meaty tomatoes rather than little bits that wither away.

oven-roasted tomatoes

For dinner the other night, I toasted some day-old bread brushed with olive oil in the oven, then rubbed them with fresh garlic cloves while it was still warm. If you have an outdoor grill, all the better. (And I’m jealous.)

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Then I smushed down a few tomatoes on it, topped it with crumbled feta, and scattered a fresh herbs on top. While we were sitting outside, drinking glasses of chilled wine and enjoying the marvelous spring weather, a few neighbors came by and joined us. I was happy that I had extra tomatoes on hand..and so were they!

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
One pound (450g)

This recipe can easily be increased. The important thing is to use a baking dish or pan big enough so that they tomatoes are not too crowded. You want room between them for the moisture to escape, which concentrates the tomato flavor. If you use a metal pan, make sure it’s not aluminum or made of another material that might react with the acidic fruits.

And it’s up to you if you want to cut out the stems before roasting or not. You can see here I did some, but not the others (for whatever reason was running through my mind at the time.) The herbs can vary as well; basil, oregano, or marjoram all pair nicely with tomatoes.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8-10 branches of fresh thyme
  • a few spring of fresh rosemary
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 pound (450g) tomatoes, (8 small or 4 medium-sized)

1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF (165ºC.)

2. Pour the olive oil into a shallow baking dish or pan and add the garlic, thyme, rosemary, and salt and pepper.

3. Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally, then use a sharp knife to remove the stems, if you wish. Toss the tomatoes with the oil and seasonings, then lay them cut side down in the dish.

4. Bake for two hours, or until the tomatoes are completely softened and wilted, and start to wrinkle. Depending on the tomatoes, they may take longer to cook.

Storage: The tomatoes will keep for about five days in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen for up to six months.

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  • May 26, 2012 5:00pm

    Hi David – these tomatoes look delicious. A couple of years ago, we went apple picking and the farm had red & yellow grape tomatoes on the vine to pick. I picked a bunch and that’s how I started roasting tomatoes at home with some olive oil and herbs. It is so simple and tasty. I cook some pasta and put it right in the pan the tomatoes were roasted in and toss for a hearty dinner.

  • May 26, 2012 5:00pm

    My favorite thing to do all summer – put them on everything or just pop them in my mouth. I am enamored of a summer tomato recipe that does not require peeling and seeding. It’s the lazybones way of preserving tomatoes.

  • May 26, 2012 5:07pm

    David, such a simple, yet beautiful and delicious dish.

  • May 26, 2012 5:08pm

    Perfect for summer! It’s one of my favorite things to eat- and sometimes I even roast them longer… until they are shriveled to extreme and you can just pick them up and eat them- easiest to do with the smaller tomatoes. Thanks for the reminder… this is on my list to make on our beach vacation!

  • James in Seattle
    May 26, 2012 5:20pm

    Mouth watering!

  • Susan
    May 26, 2012 5:26pm

    I was the weirdest kid. I loved stewed tomatoes (just the canned variety at that time)over toast and would beg my Mother to make it for my lunch. Your method is, of course, much better. I’d be tempted to go a step further occasionally and drizzle it with cheese sauce and make a version of Welsh rabbit (rarebit?) out of it. I can barely wait until fresh field tomatoes are available at the farmers mkt. There’s something about the hot house tomatoes that puts me off..there’s an odor to them as they ripen that smells like chemicals to me and I can’t get past it. So, I wait…

  • May 26, 2012 5:47pm

    I am drooling over that picture! I was also thinking, that they would make a lovely tomato tart….

  • May 26, 2012 5:50pm

    I’m really glad that you posted this now because I was just getting sad that I wasn’t in the mood for roasted stuff anymore. Florida gets so hot right now and it’s hard to find an excuse to turn on the oven. But roasting tomatoes will be perfect actually, because they don’t taste heavy like winter veggies and are a perfect light snack just on their own!!

  • May 26, 2012 5:53pm

    Thanks for the reminder about how delicious and easy roasted tomatoes are…it’s definitely that time of year when vendors are rushing to get tomatoes out a little ahead of schedule! That dinner of tomatoes, bread, feta and wine sounds perfect.

  • May 26, 2012 6:07pm

    Roasted tomatoes are my idea of heaven – these look fantastic!

  • May 26, 2012 6:37pm

    This is one of my favorite ways to keep tomatoes around in the winter. I buy cases of plum tomatoes in September to roast and freeze, then cook with them all winter long. I love rosemary but have never used it with roasted tomatoes–I’ll try that next time!

  • May 26, 2012 6:59pm

    As it happens, I just discovered this method of cooking a couple of months ago and have fallen in love with it. I don’t like mine to have any hint of “stewed tomatoes” to it, so I cook the heck out of them. Last batch I roasted for 4 hours at about 300. They are blackened in spots, hardly any liquid left, and are reminiscent (not surprisingly) of sun-dried tomatoes. Love!

  • May 26, 2012 7:07pm

    I do a similar thing but I roast them much longer, usually 6 hours at a lower temperature. When they come out they are sweet and sticky and almost syrupy. For me, I like to use Herbs de Provence to season them with.

    Here is my recipes:

    I’m definitely going to try your method though when I need a quicker fix!

  • Philip
    May 26, 2012 7:08pm

    It’s great for so-so tomatoes, or good ones that you’ve bought too many of, but I’ve found cherry tomatoes are best.

    If you find some really stellar cherry tomatoes, roast them whole until they collapse and toss with pasta, more olive oil and chopped parsley. Plus a sharp/salty aged cheese like pecorino or asiago, tho’ feta sounds like it would be worth a try.

  • May 26, 2012 7:14pm
    David Lebovitz

    Redd, Amy, and Lori: Yes, you could certainly cook them longer. However I have a little trouble (because I’m so frugal!) keeping the oven on for hours and hours. So when I want dried tomatoes, or close to dried, I dig into my stash that I bring back from Italy. But you’re right – they can be roasted longer, when they become chewy and drier.

    Phillip: I love cherry tomatoes wilted on pasta. It’s very hard to find good tomatoes in Paris, not matter what the season, but we do get a lot of cherry tomatoes, and I use those when I need a pasta-tomato fix, fast.

    Susan: I presume you’re talking about those “on the vine” tomatoes, that are bright red and sold with the stems attached, but have little flavor. I don’t buy those unless I really need “fresh” tomatoes for something, but it’s certainly better to wait for summer.

  • Katie K
    May 26, 2012 7:30pm

    Do you eat the leaves?

  • May 26, 2012 7:38pm
    David Lebovitz

    Katie: I’ve never eaten a tomato leaf. There have been some questions about their toxicity, although Harold McGee wrote more about tomato leaves and whether or not they are edible.

  • May 26, 2012 9:15pm

    One of my fav ways to enjoy tomatoes! Simply lovely.

  • KC
    May 26, 2012 9:25pm

    It has been a long time since we have seen photos of the progress on your new kitchen……
    more please, thanks

  • jennifer
    May 26, 2012 9:52pm

    David, this is great, I have a half used carton of organic tomatoes from Costco I was wondering what to do with–this would be perfect. Dorie Greenspan has a similar recipe, except she roasts hers for longer at a lower temperature. Depending on my afternoon schedule today, will do either your version or Dorie’s :) Thank you for this great blog post, gave me the idea to try this recipe!

  • Noah
    May 26, 2012 9:58pm

    One of my favorite things to do with smaller tomatoes (Juliet work really well for this) is dry them. Slice them in half, put them on parchment paper on a baking sheet, and bake at 200 F (or lower if your oven goes lower) for ~12 hours, or until mostly dry.

  • Tiffany
    May 26, 2012 9:59pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning that you freeze these. Here in south Texas our tomatoes are coming in by the bucketfuls and I hadn’t decided how I was going to put them up. I love roasted tomatoes anyway, so this is perfect. Thanks again.

  • Jen
    May 26, 2012 10:06pm

    A good Italian friend taught me a dish with the tomatoes cooked the same way but take them out after an hour, spread cooked rice mixed with Parmesan cheese, butter, parsley into the tomato juices and cooked tomatoes (or stuff the tomatoes with the rice) let bake some more until some of the rice is golden, crispy, and the juices are bubbling. Delicious!

  • White
    May 26, 2012 10:08pm

    Thank you for not labeling these “sun-dried”…

  • Diane C
    May 26, 2012 10:16pm

    My favourite thing to do with tomatoes!!!
    Like the othere have posted, I do some to about this consistency, and then some to the longer roast time so they come out drier and chewy- I made it for my young nieces and nephews and told them it was “tomato candy”- they gobbled it up!!!

  • Mariellen
    May 26, 2012 10:46pm

    I want to be your neighbor.

  • Lucille
    May 26, 2012 11:54pm

    I do this, but at a much higher temperature. Delicious! I also roast peppers this way and freeze for pasta sauces. And for bruschette, bien sur.

  • Tina
    May 26, 2012 11:58pm

    A process question, please. If you want the moisture to evaporate, why not put the tomatoes cut side up? Does it have something to do with the skin? Thx.

  • May 27, 2012 2:48am

    I have 4 tomato plants (and some seedlings) in the garden I started this year. I can’t wait to use this idea to save some of the goodness.

  • May 27, 2012 4:48am

    I love tomatoes done this way! I have so much thyme growing everywhere at the moment (it seems to have seeded into every crevice in the garden), that will be my excuse to make this dish. I’m wondering if I can throw a batch of granola on the other rack in my oven, if I’m going to have it on for a good while? Or would the moisture from the toms stop the oats from crisping? Only one way to find out…
    Cheers from the edge of the map, Karen..NZ

  • May 27, 2012 6:52am

    mmm that little meal of bread and tomatoes sounds just lovely.

  • MatthewL
    May 27, 2012 7:19am

    David this is perfect timing, I’ve finally bought an ice cream churner of my own and one of my first experiments is to be Roast Tomato gelato. I will use your gorgeous method (sans garlic, I think) and let you know how it goes.
    What I love about tomatoes is their sweetness though they are commonly used as a savoury accompaniment. Nothing in my world beats a fresh and ripe cherry tomato that explodes when you bite into it. With love from Sydney -Matt

  • May 27, 2012 8:52am
    David Lebovitz

    Tina: I think the direct heat of the pan or baking dish, when it comes in contact with the watery cut-side, helps “singe” the heat out of the tomatoes. It’s just a hunch and I’ve not done two batches side-by-side; I’ve just always oven-roasted tomatoes this way.

    KC: I’ve been updating in my newsletter. I didn’t want it to take over the blog, but at some point in the future, I may do something here.

    Noah, Lucille & jennifer: Some folks do roast their tomatoes longer, which is why I kinda mentioned folks can let ’em go a while longer. I do have a hard time keeping my oven going for hours and hours and hours, just because I’ve got my eye on my electric bill (!) – but someone once lent me a dehydrator, which I loved, although I hear they use a lot of energy as well.

  • May 27, 2012 2:11pm

    Oh, how I love oven-roasted tomatoes!

  • hng23
    May 27, 2012 3:25pm

    I roast ’em for about 2 hrs at 350F (I use Romas), seasoned with sliced garlic & olive oil, until most of the juice has been absorbed & the edges of the tomatoes have caramelized. We eat them on manoucher, each tomato half topped with fresh basil & a slice of mozzarella. This also makes a great do-ahead party finger food.

  • May 27, 2012 3:30pm

    This is my FAVORITE way to cook tomatoes. I have an aversion to raw tomatoes but roasted is the way to go! I don’t peel my garlic though. I just throw 5-6 unpeeled cloves in with the tomatoes and savory their smushy goodness on a baguette.

  • May 27, 2012 3:52pm

    This was always one of my favorite things to do with tomatoes. I also like to roast of tomatoes and use them in place of sauce on a thin crusted pizza. Lil feta, kalamata olives and roasted red peppers on top of that with a dash of olive oil.. mmm Thank you for reminding me of this.

  • May 27, 2012 4:33pm

    I love these Tomates Confites as they remind me of Summer time.
    I also slow cook zucchini tagliatelles like that and make a tian ( alternating rows of tomatoes and zucchini).
    Viva l’été and thanks for the beautifl photo.

  • kathryn
    May 27, 2012 4:37pm

    David, you seem to have the perfect life. Your blog and books bring joy to those of us who fondly remember Paris but no longer travel. I would like to know more about your life. Would you please write a lifestyle book for your many fans.

  • May 27, 2012 4:45pm

    What can be better than a perfect tomato! A renowned French perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena (a great cook, by the way, as most noses tend to be) likes to use a combination of tomato leaf and rose in his fragrances (Hermes Rose Ikebana, for instance). So, I decided to steep a couple of leaves in the syrup when I was making raspberry-rose sorbet. It turned out to be a nice discovery–the green note of tomato leaf made the raspberry seem even sweeter and richer.

  • marie therese gantois
    May 27, 2012 4:55pm

    The tomatoes look wonderful and there are so many delicious things to be done with roasted tomatoes. Love the idea of preserving them this way, rather than the usual way, and wonder why I didn’t think of it before. I did run across a good thing to do with those flavorful little grape tomatoes, and it is just a matter of slicing them in half, (about 2 cups halved) adding 1/2 cup of chopped fresh basil, a couple of minced garlic cloves, a few tbsp of olive oil, and salt and pepper. If this is prepared in the morning, in can be left on the counter to marinate all day. Then, all one has to do is cook some pasta, drain, and add the tomatoes and marinade and toss in some cheese. Or, as I often do…just eat the marinated tomatoes! Either way, quick, easy, and so very good.

  • Celia
    May 27, 2012 5:14pm


    LOVE IT ALL……………………………..

  • May 27, 2012 5:25pm

    Brilliant! I’m doing this!
    Reminds me of the sun-dryed tomatos sitting out on benches when I stayed at Regaliali in Sicily…rembrances

  • May 27, 2012 5:47pm

    Beautiful, and am definitely going to try this! Thanks David. Thank you, too, for the phrase, ‘Because tomatoes aren’t standardized”… standardized, a word I wish I had thought of long ago. When I make my home made spaghetti sauce, I often get “hmmm, this is great, but did you use that same recipe ??” Grace a vous, I now have the PERFECT response!

  • May 27, 2012 6:14pm

    Roasted tomatoes in place of unroasted give gazpacho an added depth and slight smokiness. Yum.

  • May 27, 2012 6:18pm

    Last night I saw a show where they smashed tomatoes to show what happens to your brain when you ride your bike without your helmet because you don’t want to mess up your hair. All I could think about were how watery and undelicious and hard those tomatoes looked. It would have been such a delicious play if they had only thought to oven roast those tomatoes first!

  • May 27, 2012 6:49pm

    I only last week used my last home-made tomato sauce from last year…. sun riped outside my house – ample garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, black pepper and very little (litterally none) salt – a divine meal; our English guests were ‘ravis’ :)
    What makes your cooking so delicious looking, are your faultless photos next to the always detailled recipes; you’re an example to all of us.
    Incidentally, this week I bought a ‘carton’ with 12 250gr boxes of yellow cherry tomatoes for a song at my local greengrocers (he must have been afraid of not selling all before Pentecost) and they are full of ripeness, taste and loveliness…. We’re just popping them in our mouth when passing the kitchen – made already a cold soup yesterday and will probably tomorrow cook some in a sauce with fresh rosmarin and garlic and flat parsley – because all this is available, the basil I sadly had to throw away after one day of wilting in its jar with water. Maybe you have a ‘conversation’ recipe when buying bunches?!
    Bon appétit, Kiki

  • May 27, 2012 6:50pm

    …that would have been conservation…. :)

  • ace davis
    May 27, 2012 7:01pm

    Dear David – Thanks for the tip about Aux Tonneaux des Halles – had a delicious lunch thanks to your recommendation. A translation question, our friends had a book “Les Cakes de Sophie” from which they’d made several savory cakes that we enjoyed. So I copied some of the recipes. The question is yeast really what’s meant by levure in these recipes? They don’t have any raising time etc. indicated in the recipes and our friends cakes, while very tasty, were somewhat dense and the recipes seem more like what you’d use baking powder for at home. Thanks, ace davis

    • May 27, 2012 7:44pm
      David Lebovitz

      Am glad you liked the restaurant ~

      Yes, a lot of the instructions in French cookbooks are quite vague. In France, there is levure chimique (baking powder) and levure de boulanger (yeast). It sounds to me like if it’s a cake recipe, it would be the first.

      There’s some extra tips at my post, American Baking Ingredients in Paris.

  • Kristin
    May 27, 2012 7:08pm

    I love to do this with tomatoes. I freeze them in small portions so I can pull out a few when I want an out of season treat. I get so excited when I go to the freezer for something else & discover them!

  • Helen from Idaho USA
    May 27, 2012 7:34pm

    My tomato plants just went into the garden (I live close to the 45th parallel). I like to use paste tomatoes, Roma’s and San Marzano’s, for their flavor density and texture when roasted. I use whatever homegrown herbs are handy for a taste treat and lots of garlic; will occasionally roast onions and peppers if I’m planning on using the tomatoes for bruschette, sauce or pizza (plus the house smells great). I didn’t know I could freeze the tomatoes–a great idea! Thanks for a wonderful post and making me dream of summertime delights to come.

  • lq
    May 27, 2012 7:38pm

    I have been roasting tomatoes for decades – regular size tomatoes, cut side up on parchment paper, sprinkled with S&P, drizzled w/olive oil, overnight at 150 degrees. About 20-25 years ago I discovered a Super Velox World little tool (at Ratto’s in Oakland) which lets me feed the semi-dehydrated tomatoes into the hopper, then the peel, seeds, and stem point come out one side, the rest of the wonderful tomatoeness comes out the front (tomato, olive oil, S&P, garlic, herbs). I pack it up in freezer zip lock bags (a flattened bag about 3/4 inch thick when put in freezer) and use that all winter for soups, stews, sauces. I also do the same thing after roasting red/orange/yellow bell peppers on the grill. For the peppers, you can break off portions to use, then carefully reseal the bag to preserve the flavor. I love your presentations, thank you so much for sharing.

  • May 27, 2012 8:17pm

    I love roasting tomatoes and have roasted quite a few batches of Campari tomatoes lately. I think they make the perfect side dish and your recipe for adding it on top of bread or bruschetta sounds fantastic. I might like that even better.

    I always put heavy duty foil down on my pan for easy clean up and have never tasted any metallic flavor on my tomatoes. However it’s a good point that I will consider next time. I wasn’t even thinking about the reaction that could occur when tomatoes come in contact with aluminum.

  • Beverly
    May 27, 2012 8:48pm

    David, How can I print your posts for the recipes and photos without all the comments that follow? I just followed the link and printed the recipe for the French Tomato Tart, and it printed 26 pages (!) because of the comments. I enjoy reading them but don’t want to include them in what I print and put in my recipe notebooks. Thanks, anyone!

  • Jeff
    May 27, 2012 8:59pm

    First time commenting, I love your blog and also just bought your ice cream book. The chocolate ice cream was excellent.

    I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for SAVEUR’s best food blog. Here’s what I wrote: ” It (your blog) has become one of the few food blogs I check out every day. David’s coverage of food in Paris and the provinces is excellent. Plus his numerous asides of the wacky absurdities Paris presents to the uninitiated are conveyed with great humor and wit. Consequently, I’m usually always left wanting to book the next flight to Paris.”

    Cheers! Keep up the great work. Also, I’m truly dying of curiosity to see your kitchen remodel progress. Could you please throw us a bone?

  • Susie
    May 27, 2012 9:13pm

    I, too, would love to know how the kitchen remodel is coming….I keep watching for an update! And I frequently roast tomatoes like this. I love using them on pasta. I prefer using Herbes de Provence as the seasoning.

  • May 27, 2012 9:21pm
    David Lebovitz

    Vicki: Am not a fan of foil, although I am a fan of easy clean up (!) Maybe try parchment paper instead..

    Susie & Jeff: I mentioned to a previous commenter that I posted some updates in my last newsletter – ! And some coming up in the next one…

    Beverly: Because I started the blog when the idea of a “print option” didn’t exist, I don’t have one. If I started it now, I’d have to go back to over 1k blog entries and reformat them (any volunteers!?) – because if I just did them going forward, folks would wonder why the older ones weren’t formatted for printing. You can cut-and-paste the recipe into a Word Doc, or use a site like printwhatyouwant.com for printout out individual pages.

  • richdad
    May 27, 2012 10:44pm

    David, I recently signed up for your newsletter but can’t figure out how to access previous editions from your website. Is there an archive? Merci.

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2012 10:57pm

    Deb over at smitten kitchen does a fabulous soup from roasted tomatoes that I used a lot this spring. I prefer the 2 hrs you mention though- I think it increases their sweetness especially with less than perfectly ripe ones!

  • Alexandra
    May 28, 2012 12:02am

    Just love your photographs and your blogs. When I was in school we were taught to think up a good ending sentences when we wrote about things. I always look for that……..You write terrific ending sentences.

  • May 28, 2012 12:34am

    I actually make a delicious tomato soup like this with red peppers inspired by a Nigel Slater recipe. After roasting you add stock to the roasting tin and whizz up! Its easy and very delicious, you can add chilli flakes to spice it up.
    Always good to have something on hand for neighbours for that all important apero time!

  • Donna Adams
    May 28, 2012 2:29am

    Merci! Here in Marin, our Farmers mkts. are loading them up and I Loved roasted!

  • May 28, 2012 2:54am

    Another great post but I’m taking away the idea of these tomatoes and making a soup.

  • May 28, 2012 4:31am

    Perfect timing, David, I’ve been harvesting fresh tomatoes for about a week now and this lovely recipe is a must!

  • Betty Frost
    May 28, 2012 4:33am

    Ever since I visited France in 2002 and was served the slow roasted tomatoes in a bar, I have been making them and my friends cannot get enough of them. Last week I had a batch in the oven (I cook them at 200 degrees for about 6-8 hours) I took out some but the others were not quite ready. It was late in the evening and I forgot about them, fell asleep and awoke the next morning to the smell of tomatoes. They had cooked for 15 hours. They were black and like crackers – but I’m still eating them. I am going to try your way of fixing them, and make sure I take them out in time.

  • elzabeth
    May 28, 2012 5:14am

    i so envy you living in france, have used this recipe with fish which is grilled, yum.

  • May 28, 2012 1:43pm

    Happy coolcookstyle told me about your blog. Beautiful.

  • May 28, 2012 6:07pm

    Nice pointer with the garlic: I’m off right now to get some produce (tomatoes were not, forcement, on my list) but I’m glad I thought to stop by before heading off. Roasted tomatoes would be too perfect tonight.

  • May 28, 2012 6:09pm

    I love roasted tomatoes! It’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy early tomatoes. We had some a few days ago with gnocchi and pesto. I have some more tomatoes on my counter ripening. I was thinking of turning them into a salsa for veggie tacos.

    Love all the pics of the process!

  • May 28, 2012 8:06pm

    Mmm they look gorgeous! And such a simple recipe too.

  • May 29, 2012 12:48am

    Your tomato tart was my favorite new summer recipe last summer. I’m going to try your roasted tomatoes on our first cold, foggy summer Bay Area day after the tomatoes come rolling in. Basil showed up at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market this week.

  • ranchodeluxe
    May 29, 2012 5:10am

    Coincidentally, I made your tomato tart yesterday. It was quite savory and that is the best, nicest crust recipe-

  • May 29, 2012 5:56am

    Wow those look delicious. Last year I sliced cherry tomatoes in half and sauteed them on the stove with minced garlic and some herbs. I actually kind of improvised the recipe on the spot but it was delicious! Even my younger sister who usually HATES tomatoes admitted that they were really good.

  • Stephanie
    May 29, 2012 10:15pm

    David, you say you are frugal and I was wondering if you have ever tried to actually use the sun as your heat to cook tomatoes. Paris summers can be pretty balmy but maybe the air is not all that clean?

  • Jeanne
    May 30, 2012 2:16am

    Many, many years ago, Laurie Colwin wrote an essay in one of her books about a roasted tomato dish she had at an event and this sounds very much like it. She wrote how she ate huge quantities of it and then snagged a waiter to learn how it was made and all he said was roasting them for a long time with some garlic and herbs. Thanks for the push to make it for myself finally!

  • anjali
    May 30, 2012 4:55pm

    Thank you for this! I made these the other night with intention of putting them in a sauce but my husband and I ended up them on a fresh baguette sprinkled with a bit of parmiagan-reggiano cheese – better than any bruschetta I’ve ever tasted. Thanks!

  • May 31, 2012 10:57pm

    I have everything I need waiting in my garden. The tomatoes are almost ready and this is just the recipe I was looking for.

  • June 2, 2012 12:09am

    I’ve been looking for a good recipe for this!

  • Mary
    June 3, 2012 1:32am

    This is a delicious idea and recipe. We put the tomatoes over pasta with homemade parmesan/garlic breadcrumbs on top. I think we may have this again tomorrow.. Thank you for the inspiration and your recipe. So good.

  • Lolly
    June 6, 2012 6:41pm

    Hi! I was wondering how you frezze the tomatoes…I know you put them in the frezzer! But what do you put them in??

    • June 6, 2012 11:15pm
      David Lebovitz

      I put them in zip-top freezer bags, which are great because you can store them pretty flat and they don’t take up a lot of room in the freezer.

  • Lolly
    June 7, 2012 4:37pm

    Ahhh…thank you!!!

  • June 7, 2012 6:24pm

    My mouth is watering. Your pictures are so beautiful and tempting, and I love how you maintain the integrity of the tomatoes with such a simple and rustic technique. I roast tomatoes of all sorts all the time, but cannot wait to do it this way with grilled bread and crumbled feta. I have a dinner party coming up and tomatoes nearly ready in the garden. I think this will make a wonderful first course with the addition of some wild arugula I have growing as well.

  • June 10, 2012 4:44pm

    Yum! Made these last night. The tomatoes in my garden are just starting to ripen, but I had some store-bought, less-the-perfect ones sitting on the counter. After a long, slow roasting, they were no longer less-than-perfect! Thank you.

  • June 11, 2012 6:51pm

    Love the post. Looks delicious and very colorful. Roasted tomatoes are so versatile to add to so many recipes. My all time favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 14, 2012 10:01pm

    miam ça donne envie !

  • Martha H.
    June 21, 2012 1:26am

    I live south of Houston, Tx and have experimented growing and roasting different types of tomatoes over the last few years. I’ve found the “Husky Cherry Red” and the “Amish Paste Tomato” best for roasting. I cut the cherry tomatoes in half, place cut side up in a greased sheet pan and drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt and a couple pinches of sugar over the top. Roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes (eyeball it), stir a couple times during cooking. The Amish Paste Tomato is larger and more meaty than the Roma. I usually quarter them depending on the size and cook the same as the cherries, maybe a little longer. Roasting tomatoes makes the flavor “pop”. Freeze in small 1-3 oz containers– add to pasta, over baked chicken, in soups and so many other recipes. Be creative!