Roasted Tomato Pasta

This roasted tomato pasta recipe is a quick and easy meal. The pasta is simply tossed with oven roasted tomatoes and grated parmesan cheese. 

Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

Its been almost two weeks since I’ve returned from Italy and I’m still having withdrawals.  I miss all the fresh homemade pasta, the plethora of charcuterie, and the endless glasses of wine.

This is a simple pasta dish reminiscent to those delicious meals I had in northern Italy.

Roasted Tomato Pasta Dish

Nowadays you can get tomatoes any time of the year, but during the colder months tomatoes are usually shipped from halfway around the globe.  I prefer to stock up on tomatoes during the summer when they are actually in season.  Not only do they taste better, but they are also fresher because they didn’t have to travel far to get to you.

mini heirloom tomatoes in baking sheet

Roasting tomatoes can take some time because of its high moisture content, about an hour or so.  But I swear its really simple!  Halve the tomatoes, coat them with some extra-virgin olive oil and add a couple pinches of kosher salt and granulated sugar.  Place the tomatoes in a low temperature oven, go do whatever you need to do around the house, and come back to kitchen to the sweet aroma of the finished tomatoes.  This slow roasting process enhances the sweet flavor of the fruit while creating an excellent sauce as the tomato juice infuses with the olive oil.  Its best to use small tomatoes for this recipe, like cherry, grape or mini heirlooms because they cook more evenly.

Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe IngredientsOnce you’ve roasted the tomatoes, its time to throw all the other components together.  While this dish is great warm (when the cheese is ooey and gooey), it is also delicious and refreshing chilled.  That makes this perfect for picnics, barbecues, or any other outdoor events.  Not to mention, its a great vegetarian dish.

Roasted Tomato Pasta Recipe

Roasted Tomato Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Author The Little Epicurean


Roasted Tomatoes:

  • 2 pounds mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • finely grated zest from 1 lime
  • 2 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 pound gremelli, or other short pasta
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped


  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place tomatoes cut-side up on baking sheet. Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil over tomatoes, then sprinkle salt and sugar on top.

  3. Bake tomatoes for 60-75 minutes until tomatoes begin to shrivel and expel juices. Allow tomatoes to cool slightly then transfer to a bowl. Be sure to pour any juices and oil into the bowl, as well.

  4. Add 1/3 cup olive oil, lime zest, lime juice, and balsamic vinegar to bowl. Stir to combine with roasted tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside as you cook pasta.

  5. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook to al dente according to the pasta's package directions.

  6. Drain pasta and toss with parmesan cheese and chopped basil leaves while pasta is still warm. Then pour in roasted tomatoes with olive oil sauce. Fold until pasta is fully coated with sauce and tomatoes are evenly distributed.

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Monique Bartley

Always looking for great vegetarian recipes. Thanks!

Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen

This looks amazing!!! Perfect for these hot days :) Lovely post Maryanne!


    Thank you, Amy! I agree. Chilled pasta salad is delicious during summer!


Made this for dinner last night after doing a search for a pasta recipe to use with roasted tomatoes. It was delicious, and I loved the little zing from the lime. I was excited to see my favorite noodle from a recent trip to Malta and Sicily in your pictures (and by luck finding the name of them as I’ve never seen them in the U.S.), and I was wondering where you are able to find the casarecce noodles?


    Hi Kari! I bought the casarecce noodles from Costco. They sell a three pack pasta set that includes casarecce, gremelli and penne. It’s made the by the company Garofalo from Italy.


    Thank you! So excited to see if our Costco has them. I’ve had that brand of spaghetti noodles and they are my husband’s favorite, so I’m pretty excited. Thanks again!


Hello: I made your recipe as written with delicious results. The whole family enjoyed the resulting dish. Thank you

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Hi Kathy! That’s so wonderful to hear! So happy your family enjoyed it! :)

Cliff Tigert

Your photography is amazing and the recipes are chef inspired and yet simple. Just wish I had access to Costco and specialty food shops as I live in a small border town, but will check tomorrow on the 2 varieties of cheeses as the salad looks incredible!!! What Camera type are you using for pics?
Thank you Maryanne

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