Roasted Tomatoes are an easy and delicious side dish. Fresh tomatoes are tossed with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs and a hint of balsamic vinegar.
These oven roasted tomatoes take just minutes to prepare and are the perfect accompaniment alongside Easy Grilled Chicken Breast or a juicy steak dinner.
An Easy Side Dish
Tomatoes are an easy side dish and we love making them shine. They’re healthy, fresh, and full of flavor. From broiled tomatoes, tomato pie to pico de gallo or tomato soup, the possibilities are endless!
Any kind of fresh tomato is great in this recipe, the juicier the better. Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes are also great! The balsamic, olive oil, basil, and parmesan cheese balance perfectly with the sweet tart flavor of the tomatoes.
Roasted tomatoes are the perfect base for tomato sauce, roasted tomato soup, and marinara sauce. They are also delicious tossed with pasta (no other sauce required), on pizza, or just on their own!
How To Roast Tomatoes
Making roasted tomatoes is as simple as cutting and seasoning them. I love to use loads of fresh garlic and herbs but dried herbs work as well!
To make roasted tomatoes:
- Wash and halve the tomatoes
- Toss with remaining ingredients
- Arrange in a single layer in a baking dish or on a baking tray and roast
They’re truly that easy!
How Long To Roast Tomatoes
I’ve seen several recipes that that 40-60 minutes to roast tomatoes but I find by then they’re often mushy and almost turn to tomato sauce. Roasted tomatoes only need about 15-20 minutes, making them a quick side dish!
In this roasted tomatoes recipe I use whichever variety of tomato is juicy and ripe. A large, hearty, or firm tomato (like a Beefsteak) make take a bit longer to cook. A more tender tomato (like campari or cherry tomatoes) may need close to 10-15 minutes. Of course, if you prefer them softer you can cook them longer. Roasted tomatoes will need to cook at different times depending on their size.
How To Roast Cherry Tomatoes
If you’re making roasted cherry tomatoes, you can use the same method. Wash and half them, then toss them with other ingredients and arrange on a baking sheet.
Cherry tomatoes will take a little less time than larger tomatoes ones, so just make sure you watch them carefully!
How To Store Tomatoes
Just like Parmesan Oven Baked Tomatoes, these roasted tomatoes last 4-5 days in the fridge. Any leftover roasted tomatoes are great added to soups, Chilis, stews, or pasta sauce.
While these don’t freeze well as a side dish (the texture of tomatoes can change) they can be frozen. Chop and freeze and add the frozen tomatoes in place of canned diced tomatoes to all of your favorite recipes.
More Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes
- Fresh Tomato Salad – perfect for summer
- Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Chicken – so creamy!
- Parmesan Oven Baked Tomatoes – crispy and delicious
- Tomato Mozzarella Salad
- Stuffed Tomatoes
- 2-3 pounds tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil or ½ teaspoon dry basil
- 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese optional
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Wash tomatoes and cut in half (if they're large tomatoes, cut into quarters).
- Toss tomatoes with remaining ingredients.
- Place in a rimmed baking pan or dish. Roast 10-20 minutes or to desired doneness.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Great, fast and easy!
This was so easy to make and it really brightened up the plate! Thank you for sharing
FINALLY! A roasted tomato recipe that actually has flavor! Unless you grow your own here in Alaska, flavorful tomatoes are hard to come by, but the addition of the spices in this recipe does the trick. Served these as an accompaniment to a rich baked crab, shrimp & scallop Mac & Cheese and they complimented it perfectly! Where has this recipe been all my life?!? Thank you! :-)
I am so glad you loved this recipe Cindy!
Made just as written and turned out delicious! Great addition to my chicken and pasta meal.
So easy and so tasty. A great way to us up fall tomatoes
I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe Deborah!
So delicious it’s like a sundried tomato taste and I’ve made these again for pizzas – brilliant!!
Great idea to add them to your pizza! That would be delicious.
Made this tonight~ it was so easy and so delicious! Even spread some on a fresh, sliced roll- Yum!
I was thinking about making a tomato sauce and to use up this week’s tomatoes from my local CSA. I remember reading somewhere that roasting them gave the sauce more depth. I came across your recipe, whipped it up in no time (always a plus) and decided they were so good I’m not going to bother with the sauce. I’m just enjoying eating them at room temp every time I walk by the pan and just realized the pan has become a destination. Definitely will make this again and again.
Oh my gosh, that is awesome Ro! We love these on their own too! You will have to make a big batch next time to have “leftovers” for your tomato sauce!
Terrific, easy recipe and great flavor. I threw in some chopped cauliflower with the tomatoes. Think the ingredients would go with anything.
I am using this recipe to freeze 28 oz bags of tomatoes for the winter. Great recipe, thank you!!
Oh my! Just made this with my homegrown tomatoes, a wide variety of them, and the resulting soup is incredible. Can’t wait to share with family. Will be checking out your other recipes. Thanks!
Just made the fresh tomato pasta…EXCELLENT. I added mushrooms and my husband and I absolutely loved it! It’s a recipe will will make over and over! Thank You!
So happy to hear that Beverly!
This was my first try at Oven Roasted Tomatoes. They were delicious. I used Campari tomatoes and Romano cheese. I enjoyed mine with pasta and my wife ate hers as a side. Thanks.
Those sound like delicious ways to serve roasted tomatoes Tony!
I was looking for a side dish to go along with my fish and decided to try this recipe. It was simply delicious. It got rave reviews from my guests. I have shared it with many of my friends as it is now one of my favorites.
Yay! That is so awesome Marlene! So happy everyone loved it.
Obsessed with this recipe! It’s so good and so easy to make! Yum!
Very tasty, so glad you love it Amy!
Jus5 reading your roasted tomatoes recipe, and I see your second instruction is to wash potatoes! I wondered for a sec what was going on. Just an FYI, you might want to correct that to read ‘tomatoes’.
OMGosh, whoops! Thanks for letting me know, I’ve updated the recipe!