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Roasted Tomatoes with Basil

These easy roasted tomatoes with basil add a delightful element to your meals. You can serve them as a side dish or an ingredient in any Italian food.

Roasted tomatoes with basil on crusty french bread

In the past, I grew my own tomatoes. Since they’re such an easy fruit/veggie to grow, I usually had several varieties with staggered dates for ripeness.

However, now we live in a townhouse. So it’s more difficult to have a vegetable garden.

One of these days, I’ll probably figure out a way to do some container gardening on our back porch. It might be tricky since we have so many trees that shade our backyard.

Roasted Tomatoes Ingredients

Of course, you’ll need tomatoes. You also need olive oil, basil, garlic powder, and salt.

Tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt

You can use either fresh basil or dried basil leaves. I like to use a little bit of both because they each add something different to enhance the flavor.

How to Make Roasted Tomatoes the Easy Way

I’m not kidding when I say these are easy. You basically just cut the tomatoes in half, sprinkle a little of everything on them.

Tomatoes cut in half on a baking sheet

Then you put them on a foil-covered baking sheet, and roast them until they the top caramelizes.

Roasted tomatoes with basil on a pan

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

How to Serve Them

My favorite way to eat these tomatoes is with a tiny bit of cheese sprinkled on top. They are so delicious they make a wonderful side dish.

Roasted tomato with cheese sprinkled on top beside a sprig of fresh basil

Another way I like to eat them is with crusty bread and cream cheese. It’s easy to make.

Just toast a slice of Italian or French bread. Then slather it with cream cheese, olive oil, or butter. Next, place the roasted tomato on top, either with or without a cheese topping.

Roasted tomatoes on toast with cream cheese

You can also use these delicious roasted tomatoes as pizza toppings. I like to cut them into smaller pieces and spread them out.

They’re also good on any kind of salad. In fact, you can place these on a bed of your favorite lettuce drizzled with Italian dressing.

Add these tomatoes to soups, casseroles, or meat dishes. There are so many different ways to serve these roasted tomatoes I don’t have room to list them all.

Make a batch of them, use what you need, and freeze the rest. In fact, all you have to do is put them in an airtight bag and stick them in the freezer.

Pull out how many you need when you need them. You’ll be amazed by all the different ways you can think to use these little pieces of deliciousness.

Benefits of Tomatoes

According to Medical News Today, tomatoes are a super-food packed with nutrients. Loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants, they help prevent cancer.

Tomatoes also have lutein, lycopene, and beta-carotene that are good for eye health. People who eat tomatoes can decrease their risk of age-related eye issues as they get older.

Bowl of tomatoes

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These Instant Pot black-eyed peas have gained in popularity. I expected people to check it out for New Year’s, but a lot of folks are still clicking on it.

If you’re serving these roasted tomatoes, go ahead and put some pecans in the oven with them. These roasted pecans are super easy to make and just as delicious.

This lemon meringue pie recipe also gets clicked on quite a bit lately. I suppose people enjoy the freshness of lemons after a hearty meal.

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday, Weekend Potluck, and Meal Plan Monday.

Yield: 8 servings

Roasted Tomatoes with Basil

Roasted tomato with basil on a plate

Roasted tomatoes are delicious to eat on their own or added to other recipes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 8 Roma tomatoes sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Fresh (chopped) or dried basil (I used both—about a tablespoon of fresh and a teaspoon of dried.)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Salt to taste (table salt, kosher salt, sea salt, or Himalayan salt)


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
    2. Place the tomato halves on the baking sheet cut side up.
    3. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the cut side of the tomatoes.
    4. Sprinkle the basil, garlic powder, and salt over the tomatoes.
    5. Roast for 35 minutes.


Roasted tomatoes are delicious on crusty bread, in salads, over pasta, or incorporated into any Italian sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 0mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 1g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Jean | Delightful Repast

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Debby, I love roasted vegetables, and these roasted tomatoes would be a lovely side dish. It really perks up the flavor of store-bought tomatoes that don't taste all that great raw. Glad I found your blog at #FullPlateThursday. I share your interest in etiquette as well.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Hi Jean! Thanks so much for posting! I love how roasting brings out the full flavor of veggies!

Miz Helen

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

Thanks so much for sharing with us on Full Plate Thursday,467. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Monday 20th of January 2020

We love grilling romas during the summer, but I never thing to roast them when it's not grilling weather. I can't wait to do this!


Tuesday 21st of January 2020

If you do, let me know how you like it! I love all roasted vegetables!

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