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Learn How to Make the Perfect Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes that burst with flavor! Perfect for pasta, salads, or as a delicious side dish, our easy recipe will become your new staple.

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Let’s be real; cherry tomatoes are fantastic raw, but roasting them? That’s where the magic happens. The heat caramelizes their natural sugars, giving them a rich, deep flavor that’s both sweet and savory. Under the gentle heat of the oven, they begin to shrink, concentrating their flavors into little, sweet flavor bombs.

Plus, this roasted cherry tomato recipe is such a versatile dish – from tossing them into a salad, pairing with your favorite pasta, or simply enjoying them as is, these roasted beauties are a game-changer.

roasted cherry tomatoes in a white bowl

In this blog post, I’ll show you just how easy it is to prepare oven-roasted tomatoes at home, the different recipe variations you can try, and the best ways to serve them.

Pro Tip: This recipe tastes best with fresh tomatoes. However, if you have some wrinkly cherry tomatoes lying around at home that no longer taste as juicy fresh, you can use this recipe to save them from the trash!

close up shot of oven roasted cherry tomatoes

Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

  • Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes are best. They provide a wonderful sweetness!
  • Olive Oil – For roasting and added flavor. Preferably use a high-quality Extra Virgin olive oil.
  • Maple Syrup – Adds a mild sweetness and balances out the acidity of the tomatoes. Feel free to use honey!
  • Thyme – Fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme create a flavor that wonderfully complements the tomatoes.
  • Garlic – Adds extra flavor. You can either eat the roasted garlic or discard it.
  • Salt & Pepper – A generous pinch of salt and black pepper rounds out the taste.
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Ingredients

Visual Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and place them in an oven-safe dish. Add sliced garlic cloves, olive oil, maple syrup, thyme, salt, and pepper, and toss well.
  • Roast in a preheated oven (355°F/180°C) for 30 minutes. Stir briefly halfway through the time.
  • Take the roasted tomatoes out of the oven and enjoy them warm or cold!
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Variations

  • Herbs: Feel free to use any dried or fresh herbs like oregano, basil, sage, or an Italian herb blend.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: A splash of balsamic vinegar creates a great sweet-sour balance.
  • Spicy: If you like it hot, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Mediterranean: Sprinkle the tomatoes before roasting with a mix of chopped black olives, capers, and some feta cheese. This gives the tomatoes a lovely Greek twist.
  • Italian: Just before the tomatoes are done, add a few mini mozzarella balls or burrata cheese and some fresh basil leaves. This turns your oven-roasted tomatoes into a sort of Caprese from the oven.
  • A Touch of the Orient: A pinch of ground cumin, coriander, and a spoonful of harissa paste give the tomatoes an exotic spice that goes perfectly with couscous or flatbread.
  • Parmesan Crunch: Sprinkle the tomatoes before roasting with a mix of grated Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. This provides a crispy crust with a hint of umami.
close up shot of oven baked cherry tomatoes

Serving Suggestions

  • With Pasta: Mix them with freshly cooked pasta (spaghetti or rigatoni) and a touch of Parmesan – a simple and yet divine meal for the whole family! Also tastes great on quinoa or couscous.
  • As a Roasted Tomato Salad: Combine the warm tomatoes with fresh lettuce, a handful of roasted nuts, and a splash of lemon juice for a warming salad.
  • For Breakfast or Brunch: Serve them with scrambled eggs or on avocado toast for a colorful start to the day.
  • On an Antipasti Platter: Pair them with various cheeses, olives, and artichoke hearts for a Mediterranean appetizer plate.
  • On Pizza or Flatbread: Oven-roasted tomatoes give your favorite flatbread or pizza an intensely fruity kick.
  • Italian Crostini: On toasted bread with a layer of ricotta or mascarpone – a dream for the palate.
  • On Feta Dip: They taste fabulous combined with salty feta. Try this recipe for Whipped Feta with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes!

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Learn How to Make the Perfect Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes that burst with flavor! Perfect for pasta, salads, or as a delicious side, our easy recipe will become your new staple.
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Total Time :35 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 30kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1.1 lb (500 g) cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  • Wash the cherry tomatoes and place them in an oven-safe dish. Add sliced garlic cloves, olive oil, maple syrup, thyme, salt, and pepper, and toss well.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Stir briefly halfway through the time.
  • Take the roasted tomatoes out of the oven and enjoy them warm or cold!

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll keep for about a week.

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Nutrition

Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 617IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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