Garlic & Herb Tomatoes

August 7, 2009 by Ali


You say, “Tomato”? I say, “Tomatoes.”

Yes, ’tis the season – I have zillions ready for harvest in my garden! Needless to say, there’s been much creative tomato experimenting going on in the kitchen these past few weeks. From whipping up various salsas, to tomato sauces, to soups, to kabobs, to roasting, drying, sauteing, grilling…you name it! (Have been feeling a strange sense of deja-vu with the post-Thanksgiving turkey soup, turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey salad extravaganza…hmmm, wonder why…).

Anyway, this recipe is a classic from the woman who knows her classics – Ina Garten, the beloved “Barefoot Contessa”. She is a pro (literally) at weaving together simple ingredients, and in this case, a very simple method, to create a result that’s surprisingly rich and satisfying. And what’s more, this recipe only takes 7 minutes to cook on the stove – marvelous! So if you’re looking for a simple, summer-y side to go with dinner tonight, go raid your garden (or your neighbor’s, or the grocery store’s, or mine!) and give this one a try.


Garlic & Herb Tomatoes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Heat the olive oil in a saute pan large enough to hold all the tomatoes in one layer. Add the garlic to the oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to lose their firm round shape. Sprinkle with a little fresh chopped basil and parsley and serve hot or at room temperature.

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home

Ali's Tip: Because sauteeing brings out the sweetness and intensifies the flavor in tomatoes, this method might also be a good solution to help boost flavor in otherwise bland winter tomatoes. Or to give even more extra flavor, feel free to sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or a favorite cheese (i.e. feta, mozarella, etc.) on top of the tomatoes just before serving.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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3 thoughts on “Garlic & Herb Tomatoes

  1. That looks so delicious! A generous sprinkling of cheese would be perfect for this!I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

    - Alisa@Foodista

  2. This looks so simple and delicious! I love oven roasted tomatoes with garlic and herbs and I bet this tastes similar.

    - Sara @ Our Best Bites

  3. Yum! This looks delicious. Can’t wait to give it a try with the tomatoes from our garden!

    - Jessica