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Ultimate Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Recipe – EASY!

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Easy Ultimate Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and fresh herbs is a perfect side or main dish. This easy recipe is a beautiful example of how the Mediterranean Diet shines at its best. When you slow-roast the tomatoes with garlic cloves, these little flavor bombs develop delicious floral notes during roasting. The garlic cloves get sweet, and this slow-roasted recipe can be added to pasta or topped on a baked crostini with parmesan. This is our favorite cherry tomato recipe!

Large Platter of Roasted Tomatoes

What makes this dish notable are the fresh herbs and lots and lots of garlic. Cherry tomatoes are inexpensive, and this dish can be prepared in under 30 minutes!

According to the book Cooking Ingredients, ‘cherry tomatoes were once treasures of Gardners but are now readily available year-round.’

Also, Cherry tomatoes naturally burst with flavor, even more so when you roast them to bring out their sweetness. Also, this cherry tomato recipe is packed with antioxidants, lycopene, and anti-inflammatory goodness!  All essential for an inflammation-busting protocol!

Ingredients for Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

Simple ingredients are available at your local grocery store.

  • 3 – 4 pints Cherry Tomatoes (We love mixing red and yellow)
  • 10 cloves of sliced fresh Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Rosemary plus extra for garnish
  • 5-10 leaves of fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional Pasta Penne per package directions

Ingredient Notes

  • If cherry tomatoes are unavailable, you can use other small varieties, such as plum tomatoes.

How to Make Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Full instructions on recipe card below.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place all of your tomatoes in a large glass bowl.  Sprinkle liberally with good olive oil.
  3. Add the sliced garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Basil will be added last after the tomatoes come out of the oven.
  4. Spread the tomato mixture onto a large, heavy-rimmed baking sheet in an even layer. You can also use a large cast-iron skillet or roasting pan.
  5. Place tomatoes on the middle rack and cook for 20-25 minutes or until tomatoes are bursting, as in our picture. Be careful not to overcook. The tomato recipe is done as soon as the tomatoes start to burst.

Serving Ideas for this Versatile Side Dish

  • Serve with pasta and ricotta cheese.
  • Serve as a side dish with salmon.
  • Delicious with crusty bread!
  • Delicious side dish or main dish with pasta.
  • Add some ricotta or feta cheese and serve with pasta.
  • Add a few red pepper flakes, fresh oregano, or Italian seasoning!
  • Serve with your avocado toast. Yum!

What’s Special About This Recipe?

  • It’s the best way to roast tomatoes!
  • Gluten Free Recipe!
  • Great use of summer tomatoes.
  • Fantastic side dish or over pasta!
  • Delicious over-toasted crostini with parmesan cheese.
  • Great recipe for entertaining or a low calorie diet.
  • Simple recipe for tomato season.

Storage Tips –

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also cover tightly with aluminum foil.

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Ultimate Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Recipe – EASY!

Large Platter of Roasted Tomatoes
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Easy Ultimate Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and fresh herbs is a perfect side dish or over pasta! This easy recipe is a beautiful example of how the Mediterranean Diet shines at its best. When you slow-roast the tomatoes with garlic cloves, these little flavor bombs develop delicious flavor during roasting. The garlic cloves get sweet, and this luxurious addition to pasta is topped on a baked crostini with parmesan. This is our favorite cherry tomato recipe!

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 large or 8 small 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Diet
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • 4 pints of yellow and red Cherry Tomatoes
  • 10 cloves of sliced fresh Garlic
  • 3 tablespoons good Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Rosemary plus extra for garnish
  • 510 leaves of fresh Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Optional Pasta Penne per package directions
  • Optional Ricotta Cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place all of your tomatoes in a large glass bowl.  Sprinkle liberally with good olive oil.
  3. Add the sliced garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Basil will be added last after the tomatoes come out of the oven.
  4. Spread the tomato mixture onto a large, heavy-rimmed baking sheet in an even layer. You can also use a large cast-iron skillet or roasting pan.
  5. Place tomatoes on the middle rack and cook for 20 minutes or until tomatoes are bursting, as in our picture. Be careful not to overcook!
  6. Remove from oven and transfer to serving dish. If serving with pasta, you can add your cooked pasta to the bowl, cover it with the roasted tomatoes and add fresh basil and several scoops of good ricotta.

Notes

Serving Option: Serve with penne pasta, ricotta, and fresh basil. This recipe is also delicious with fish or chicken. It keeps well in the refrigerator overnight.

Pasta Serving Note – Put cooked pasta in a large serving bowl. Top with fresh basil and several scoops of good ricotta. Add hot roasted tomato mixture. The heat from the pasta and juicy tomatoes will melt the cheese, making a creamy, lovely sauce.

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