Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes Recipe


Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes Recipe is a combination of Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s recipe from her cookbook called The Italian Country Table: Home Cooking from Italy’s Farmhouse Kitchens and the recipe from Saveur Magazine, Issue #26.

Longing for summer tomatoes?  When good vine-ripened fresh tomatoes are out of season, use top-quality canned tomatoes and roast them in your oven. Amazing things happen to canned tomatoes when you roast them in the oven.  So, gather your canned tomatoes and make this Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes.

Check out my recipe for Slow-Roasted Fresh Tomatoes.


Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes


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Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes Recipe
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, peeled in juice (NOT puree), drained, halved, and seeded*
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
  • 14 large fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, fresh
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 5 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated)
  • Coarse salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  Line a large baking sheet (with sides) with aluminum foil.

  2. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, basil leaves, rosemary, red onion, and garlic.  Spread mixture on the bottom of your prepared baking sheet.

  3. Spread out the tomatoes (in a single layer) over the herb mixture on the baking sheet.  Drizzled with remaining 1/4 cup olive oil, sprinkle with sugar, and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Do not be afraid to use plenty of salt, as the salt helps to draw out their juices.

  4. Bake 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours, turning the tomatoes several times.  The tomatoes are done when their color deepens to dark scarlet and they taste mellow and very rich.  Do not let the tomatoes brown.  Also do not allow the garlic to brown, as it will turn bitter.

  5. Remove from oven an transfer the tomatoes and their oil to a glass bowl.  Cover and let them mellow at room temperature up to 2 hours.  The flavors will ripen in this time.

  6. Refrigerate the tomatoes up to 4 days, or freeze up to 3 months.  Serve the tomatoes at room temperature, or tossed with hot pasta.

  7. Makes a large batch.

Recipe Notes

* Use a good-quality canned tomato such as San Marzano, Muir Glen, Hunt's, Contadina, or Red Pack.  Also be sure not to get the tomatoes packed in puree - you want only tomato juice.


Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Oven-Roasted Canned Tomatoes Recipe”

  1. karen marie

    “Also be sure not to get the tomatoes packed in puree – you want only tomato juice.”

    Is this because tomatoes packed in puree are in and of themselves lower quality or some other reason?


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