(My apologies to regular readers, you know this story. But new readers? Slow-roased tomatoes bear repeating!) In 2005, I became curious about -- okay, obsessed with -- slow-roasted tomatoes. I roasted, well, 15 batches. No wonder I've collected so many recipes for using slow-roasted tomatoes!
And don't let anyone lead you astray thinking that a mere four hours or so will 'slow-roast' tomatoes. Nope. You see, I've tested. From much trial, much error, I know that it takes 10 - 12 hours, yes hours! at 200F to create the real essence of slow-roasting.
So if you're wondering how to roast tomatoes, how to slow-roast tomatoes, how to really truly sloooooooooooow roast tomatoes -- and how to taste 'summer' in the middle of winter -- this, my friends, is how. And the recipe that follows is just one more reason, WHY.
Twenty-five minutes to a one-skillet, simple supper.
Yes, it's one of the best things about slow-roasted tomatoes: so much flavor is already roasted in that all you really need to do is heat them up and serve. This is a bolognese sauce. It's "quick" to make on the spot but it's got the flavor of the "slow" cooked versions.
I tucked some leftover ham into it (and most bolognese sauces are heavy on meat, light on tomato) but honestly, it had so much flavor, so much tomato meatiness, it would have been completely delicious as a vegetarian bolognese.
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FROM THE ARCHIVES The Recipe Box has a collection of recipes for slow-roasted tomatoes.
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Champaign Taste ... Marcella Hazan's Bolognese Sauce
Simply Recipes ... Slow and Quick Bolognese Sauce
Seriously Good ... Ragu Bolognese
BOLOGNESE SAUCE with SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES
Time to table: 20 minutes
Salted water for pasta
Fresh or Dried Pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot, diced small
1 onion, diced small
2 stalks celery, diced small
6 garlic cloves, minced small
2 cups slow-roasted tomatoes (from 4 pounds) or 1 - 2 cans diced tomatoes
1/2 pound ham (or other meat)
Freshly grated Parmesan
Start the water for the pasta. (Salt later if you can remember to do that. I always forget, so salt first, though this can damage your pans over the long-term.)
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil til shimmery. Add the carrot, onion, celery and garlic til they're softening. Add the tomatoes and meat and heat through. Serve over pasta topped with freshly grated Parmesan.
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