ffwD: Slow-Roasted “Sunblush” Tomatoes

When I saw this week’s recipe, I knew I’d love it. That’s because I’ve been making slow-roasted tomatoes for several years using Nigella Lawson’s recipe for “Moonblush Tomatoes“, wherein you preheat your oven while prepping the tomatoes, then turn off the heat immediately when the tomatoes are placed inside. The tomatoes slowly cook down to their juicy essences overnight. Hence the moonblush.

I saw that Dorie’s version only took three hours, but I knew I had an early day at work and a salon appointment after, so I went with Nigella’s longer cooking method so the tomatoes would be ready to eat when I got home. Though, I suppose my tomatoes should be called “Sunblush Tomatoes” since I roasted mine over the course of the work day instead of overnight. Anyway, I prepared the tomatoes following Dorie’s instructions but added a sprinkling of sugar to really enhance the tomatoes’ sweetness:


Eleven hours later, I came home to find this:


There was no way I was going to save any tomatoes to eat later because I knew how good they would taste straight out of the oven. The quickest accompaniment I could find was boiling a handful of yolk-free egg noodles and using the oil from the tomatoes to slick over the noodles. I’ll warn you now: in the time it took for me to take the above “After” photo and toss the tomatoes into the noodles, the sun had already set. So, I had to use the flash.


If you couldn’t tell, I think this recipe is definitely a keeper, especially since it’s a shortened version of the recipe I usually follow. If I had more patience, I would’ve blended the roasted tomatoes and made a true sauce before pouring it over the noodles. To see how others fared with these slow-roasted tomatoes, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Frankly Entertaining
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:03:41

    Christina made these, but after reading all of the wonderful posts about the tomatoes, I’m definitely going to have to add them to my “to make” list!

  2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:07:12

    Such an awesome thing to do to tomatoes. Love this!

  3. spicegirlfla
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:08:06

    I have never heard of this method to roast tomatoes! I love the taste of roasted tomatoes and to not have to keep my oven on for hours is a definite plus! Whether overnight or through the day, this really will be a keeper recipe for me too!!

  4. rebecca
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:08:25

    they look great but man thats a long cooking time I roast them in 20 min :0)

  5. JamieAnne
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:19:13

    An overnight or day long roast sounds very interesting. These look lovely!

  6. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:00:27

    I could eat these just as they are. Sooooo good.

  7. Three-Cookies
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:15:05

    I will give the Moonblush Tomatoes a try, sounds really delicious and easy

  8. foodfashionandflow
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:40:18

  9. Miriam Barton
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 10:46:24

    Those tomatoes are absolutely beautiful! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  10. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:01:01

    Looks delicious! I’m excited my garden tomatoes are almost on. I’ll have to roast some of them. 🙂

  11. Frollicking Night Owl
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:38:16

    mmm… think i might be making more tomatoes today and stealing your idea for the pasta salad!! looks great!! 🙂

  12. oneexpatslife
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 11:40:37

    Too funny, I wrote about using Nigella’s recipe as well, we love her moonblush tomatoes! But I thought that Dorie’s recipe was great too, I may mix them together a bit in the future.

    Your pasta looks very tasty.

  13. Eileen
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:00:36

    I love Nigella’s idea of just leaving them in the oven with the power off. Uses a lot less energy that way, rather than letting it run for three hours!

  14. Caroline
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:02:14

    Those tomatoes look perfect, and even better in pasta! and the I love that the noodles are yolk-free.

  15. High Heels and Good Meals
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:24:24

    Looks like a picture in a magazine! Pasta looks great!

  16. Jessica of My Baking Heart
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:26:37

    Man, I’d kill for that bowl of pasta right now! It looks amazing – beautiful job! 🙂

  17. kitchenarian
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 14:26:10

    I loved this recipe. I am so glad to learn how you cook it overnight, or in this case, throughout the day. Great job!

  18. Simply Life
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 17:21:00

    oooh, I’ve never done this before- good to know about!

  19. Elaine
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 17:46:50

    Sun blush or moon blush they look delicious!

  20. pachecopatty
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 18:37:09

    However you make these, they look so pretty and good! I like your tomatoes on the noodles, such a wonderful meal;-)

  21. Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:08:24

    Now can use my tomatoes in a new way…thanks.

  22. peachkins
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:19:53

    I love roasted tomatoes..this is totally mouthwatering

  23. Angela
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:25:11

    Oh my goodness! This looks like a great breakfast dish to me (along with some scrambled eggs).

  24. Betsy
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:43:15

    Thanks to you (and Nigella) for the tip about letting them cook in the oven while you’re at work. I never thought of that. Your pasta looks great!

  25. Life is Full
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 20:12:54

    Great looking tomatoes! Good job!

  26. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 20:39:58

    Gorgeous tomatoes! They sure look good on those noodles!

  27. Louise
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 22:21:45

    Are you reading my mind? It wasn’t but 10 minutes ago that I said to myself that I needed to search for a slow roasting tomato recipe. Whah LA! Perfection!!! I am so saving this recipe.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Yummy…

  28. saffronandhoney
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 22:33:58

    Your dish looks wonderful! I am also very excited about this recipe but in all the hoopla this week, will only be making it tmrw (oops:)).

  29. Food,Photography & France
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 01:26:41

    These tomatoes always taste wonderful – I must do some as the world is full of tomatoes at the moment.

  30. Ruth
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 05:10:24

    These look really good – and I have some tomatoes that are just beginning to be over ripe. Do you think they would be good for this?

  31. Barbara
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 06:25:40

    I do this with tomatoes too! Such intense flavor. That tiny bit of sugar makes all the difference, too.

  32. Liz
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 07:34:29

    Great alternative baking method! I ate these yummy gems with pasta, too~

  33. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 07:35:04

    How wonderful! I’ll try the sugar trick next time on half, just to see what it is like. Now I want to keep a jar of roasted tomatoes on hand all time! I will definitely be trying the sun-blushing method too. What a great treat to come home to!

  34. kitchen flavours
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 08:34:38

    This looks so good! I love roasted tomatoes and you are right, they are really at their BEST right after roasting! I’m craving for some right now! Yummmy!

  35. Ameena
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 09:13:28

    What a cool idea. I love how there is SO little work involved in producing something so fresh and delicious. And I love tomatoes so I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Maria
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 09:24:16

    Ahh, my favorite thing to do with tomatoes. It brings out their flavor intensity so much. And yours look beautiful.

  37. Tricia S.
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 10:06:03

    We loved ours as well (Nana too) and as soon as I saw your opening photo I wanted to reach out and grab one of these !! I LOVE your shared info about the blush tomatoes – day or night. I kept wondering if I could just turn off the oven but at 225 I was not going to mess with the recipe the first time. Next time I am going your route. Egg noodles as well 🙂

  38. Peggy
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 10:25:45

    I love what you’ve done with the tomatoes! The pasta definitely sounds like the perfect use for them =)

  39. Kelly
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 13:05:23

    What a great roasting method – these tomatoes look so delicious and perfectly paired with the noodles. My only fear is that I wouldn’t be able to stop eating!!

  40. Brownieville Girl
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 15:16:44

    I just love the intense flavour of these little beauties.

  41. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 15:56:15

    goregous!! i love the flavor from slow roasting, perfect recipe!! thanks for sharing

  42. Jessica Martin
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 18:09:11

    i looove tomatoes!

  43. Cher
    Aug 06, 2011 @ 19:06:45

    Like the overnight concept – that makes things truly “no fuss”

  44. muppy
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 05:44:02

    this is a great idea

  45. Anita Menon
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 14:41:57

    Oh my God, that looks gorgeous! The red of the tomatoes against the white of the pasta. Moonblush seems so romantic a word!

  46. Cakelaw
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 05:50:54

    Your tomoatoes turned out well – mine were a little on the overdone side, but still delish.

  47. Andrea
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 12:51:32

    These look great! I must try Nigella’s overnight method! Looks easy without a lot of oven being on time!

  48. chunklet's mom
    Aug 09, 2011 @ 16:57:59

    These tomatoes looks so pretty!

  49. Lola's Kitchen
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 13:39:30

    Just made mine today and haven’t posted it yet. I’ve roasted tomatoes many times but never like this or like Nigella Lawson. Love these and next time I’ll try Moonblush Tomatoes. I’m going to use mine on a pizza tonight. Great photos!

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