Slow Roasted Roma Tomatoes

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately.  Overwhelmed in a good way, with many fun and rewarding opportunities coming my way, but stressed nonetheless.  Even though I am not the most organized person (I think I just heard my husband snort at that)…ok, I am the owner of multiple piles in our house…anyways, too much disorganization sends my stress level into overdrive.  Thankfully yesterday was Sunday, the perfect day to spend some time cleaning.

slow roasted tomatoes

As I cleaned the kitchen, washed our new pots and pans, and tackled the piles of mail, I roasted tomatoes.  The aroma that filled the house was soothing to my soul.  After four hours, the kitchen was sparkling, the piles were gone, and the tomatoes were finished.  Not only were they beautiful, but oh my goodness the flavor.  Richly concentrated, sweet and tangy, bursting with summery flavor.

slow roasted roma tomatoes

Ahhhhhhhh, that’s better.  Now I feel ready to take on the week!

How do you de-stress?

Slow Roasted Roma Tomatoes


  • 7 roma tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. good sea salt
  • 1 bulb garlic broken into cloves, unpeeled


  • Preheat oven to 225F.
  • Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise.
  • Lay cut side up on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Place garlic cloves in between tomato halves.
  • Roast for 4 hours.
  • Eat immediately or store in refrigerator with extra olive oil drizzled on top.  Can use in pasta, to top chicken or beef, or just for snacking!

adapted from Smitten Kitchen

  • Girl in the pink August 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I have a bunch of Roma tomatoes left over from pizza night, I might have to try this – looks good!

    • inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      You should! Hope you like it!

  • Kim Pebley August 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Alysa, it’s been a whole weekend since I chuckled. I could so feel your stress from being unorganized and wonder is it is all great minds who have several “piles” in their homes.
    Thank you so much for your post accompanied with the lovely photos! I hope that it will inspire others by knowing that you can throw something in the oven or crock-pot while you are busy doing “other things.”

    • inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you Kim! Cleaning always helps me de-stress. I think that if my surroundings aren’t cluttered, my mind feels less cluttered too.

  • Kalyn August 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    They look delish!

    • inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks Kalyn!

  • N. Parker August 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    how long can they last in the fridge, with the oil on them?

    • inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Good question! I’m thinking a few days max.

  • Cynthia Sommer August 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Could you roast garlic at the same time (but maybe take it out sooner)? I don’t know how much liquid comes out of the tomatoes when you slow roast them. Can’t wait to try it.

    • inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      I would think that you could roast garlic in foil (cut the bottom off the bulb, drizzle with olive oil and a little salt) at the same time.

  • Robin August 30, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Do you think you could freeze the tomatoes after they’ve cooled? It would be great to have them on hand after tomato season has ended, but I’m not sure how it would affect the texture, etc.

    • inspiredrd September 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      I don’t think they would freeze very well….but you could can them!

  • My Fudo September 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I can put them in fridge and have it ready for next weeks grilled filling sandwiches with my hubby and kids.

    • inspiredrd October 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm


  • Juicing under quarantine February 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    […] of this house I am going to get supplies to make pickles!  I took a bunch of the roma tomatoes and slow roasted them.  They were ridiculously good even if they made my throat burn even more.  I ate a few plain and […]

  • JU January 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Well, I have exactly 7 roma tomatoes. Was going to make fresh salsa with some but I think I’ll roast them all and see how roasted tomato salsa turns out!