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Quick Oven Roasted Tomatoes With Garlic

Quick oven-roasted tomatoes burst with a sweet flavor: Toss smaller-sized tomatoes, grape or cherry tomatoes, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Add the herb you choose to create a perfect side dish, sauce, or toppings.

Oven roasted tomatoes with herbs up close.

Quick oven roasting is the perfect way to use all those extra tomatoes. All you need is tomatoes, olive oil, and salt. I like to take it up a notch and add garlic, thyme, and balsamic vinaigrette glaze.

I always use this recipe when I have extra tomatoes that I want to use before they go bad to make ‘salty pasta.’ I know that sounds strange. I make angel hair pasta and toss it with oven-roasted tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, and capers. Because I tend to throw in so many kalamata olives, this dish has been nicknamed ‘salty pasta’ in my home.

What I Love About This Recipe

  • I can modify the flavor by what herbs I use.
  • The ingredients are pantry staples.
  • I can replace most tomatoes with oven-roasted tomatoes for a more intense flavor.


A picture of ingredients used in making this recipe.
Quick Oven Roasted Tomatoes Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients needed you probably already have. This recipe is so flexible that you can substitute almost any herb to meet your preference.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – We can all agree that the flavor of EVVO cannot be beaten. For this recipe, you only need one tablespoon of EVVO.
  • Balsamic Vinegar Reduction – The water content in vinegar reduction has been reduced using a slow cooking method. The result is concentrated syrup like vinegar. I love this style of vinegar.
  • Sea Salt – A sprinkle of sea salt helps draw out moisture while enhancing the tomato flavor.
  • Garlic – I recommend using fresh garlic. Nothing compares.
  • Herbs – Use the herb of your choice. Suggestions include thyme, parsley, basil, red chile flakes, chiles, and oregano.
Roasted tomatoes up close.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Roasted Tomatoes Good for You?

Yes, they are good for you. Tomatoes are healthier when they have been cooked. You can also control how much oil and salt have been added by roasting them at home.

What are the Best Tomatoes for Roasting?

Any of the small to medium-sized tomatoes are perfect for roasting.
* Cherry tomatoes
* Grape tomatoes
* Pear tomatoes
* Plum tomatoes
* Campari tomatoes

What Recipes Can I Use These Tomatoes With?

You can substitute oven-roasted tomatoes for any recipe you currently use for regular tomatoes. The flavor of slow oven-roasted tomatoes will be more intense, similar to sun-dried tomatoes. The taste of quick-roasted tomatoes is sweet. Here are a few of my favorite uses:

* Spaghetti or pasta sauce – Use oven-roasted tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes. Roasted tomatoes will give your sauce a much deeper flavor. Because your sauce might need more tomatoes than you have, use a combination of fresh/canned and oven-roasted tomatoes.

* Tomato soup – Blend the tomatoes with broth and seasonings into a soup for a rich flavor.

* Pesto – Blend oven-roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olive oil, garlic, basil, and parsley in a food processor until paste forms. Use the pesto on pasta, bruschetta, or sandwiches.

* Pizza – Cut the tomatoes into the desired size and use them as a pizza topping.
* Salad – Use oven-roasted tomatoes in salads, including pasta and couscous salads.

What Happens When You Roast A Tomato?

The water content decreases, which intensifies the flavor. For an almost sundried roasted tomato, turn the oven to 200 degrees and cook for 3 – 4 hours. This long roasted style is even more flavor-intense.

Close up of pasta with tomatoes.
  • Countertop Instructions: Allow to fully cool and then place in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to three days.
  • Refrigerate Instructions: Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
  • Freezing Instructions: Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to three months.

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Oven roasted tomatoes with herbs up close.

Quick Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic

Quick oven-roasted tomatoes are bursting with a sweet concentrated tomato flavor. In this quick and easy recipe, grape and cherry tomatoes are tossed with garlic, thyme, and balsamic vinegar resulting in the perfect Mediterranean flavor! This recipe is ideal for a tomato or pizza sauce or as a bruschetta spread.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Tomatoes
Servings: 6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • Baking sheet
  • Small bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  • 2 pounds (907g) tomatoes, small to medium size
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon (16g) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) salt
  • 5 cloves (15g) garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) herb of choice


Quick Roasted Tomatoes

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Tomatoes: Cut the tomatoes in half. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar salt, garlic, and thyme. Place seed side up on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
    2 pounds (907g) tomatoes, small to medium size, 2 tablespoons (28g) olive oil, for drizzling, 1 tablespoon (16g) balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon (6g) salt, 5 cloves (15g) garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon (2g) herb of choice
  • Cook: Roast the tomatoes for 20 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and season with additional salt if desired. Check the tomatoes frequently, as they can go from perfect to burnt very quickly.


  • Small to medium-sized tomatoes are ideal for roasting. If the tomato is large, such as a compari, quarter the tomato
  • Tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days in an airtight container.
  • I do not recommend freezing tomatoes.  The texture changes to mush and the flavor is not the same.  
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Nutrition Facts
Quick Oven Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 1170mg51%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1259IU25%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Really an excellent idea to use tomatoes. I made them yesterday and will make them again soon!

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