Make your fresh garden tomatoes the star of your next family lunch or dinner party meal with this roasted tomato fettuccine recipe. All you need are 5 simple and fresh ingredients; olive oil, Roma tomatoes, garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese to prepare this rustic summer pasta dish.
The one and only time I will devour tomatoes is when I’m in Italy, during the summer when they are grown fresh in our garden. If you’ve never grown your own or tasted garden fresh tomatoes, you’re missing out! Produce sold in supermarkets pales in comparison to the flavour of fresh, local, homegrown produce, in this case tomatoes. I crave them when we’re in Italy. Daily. Lucky for me, they’re right at my fingertips. The one con? There are usually too many to consume within the summer months, which leaves so many plump and delicious tomatoes behind in the garden. A great way to use them up is to prepare homemade sauce.
Roasting tomatoes is a great way to preserve the concentrated flavour and freshness of ripe tomatoes, plus the caramelization brings out their natural sweetness. This recipe calls for about 2 pounds of tomatoes but the quantity can easily be increased if you’re planning on storing some for future meals. The important thing to remember is to use a baking dish big enough so that they tomatoes are not overcrowded. Also, roasting time may vary depending on the variety of the tomatoes so be sure to check on them as they’re roasting, tossing them every once in a while to ensure even cooking. The preparation and cooking process for these is a cinch; halve the tomatoes, place them skin side down in a large baking tray or pan, bake until soft and the liquid has almost evaporated, then puree into a super smooth, silky sauce. My suggestion is to prepare a large batch so that you can store portions in the freezer for a quick fresh-tasting sauce during the winter months.
I know what you might be thinking…”You want me to roast tomatoes for an hour and a half on a hot summer’s day?” My answer is yes. And you will understand the reason why once you’ve tasted these tomatoes! I cannot rave any more about how delicious and flavourful this roasted tomato fettuccine recipe is however, feel free to add some of your favourite pasta-friendly ingredients, like crumbled goat cheese, cubed mozzarella, black olives, fresh capers, or a dollop of homemade pesto. These roasted tomatoes can also be added as a garnish, on top of a freshly baked piece of fish or on a crusty piece of Italian bread with a drizzle of oil and fresh oregano.
If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!