Quick Supper: Bolognese Sauce with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes ♥

Who's slow-roasting tomatoes this year?Yes, it's THAT time of year again. ("What? Time of year? What time of year is it?" I just know you're wondering.) But this is a most pivotal time of year, the few weeks at the cusp of summer and autumn when we must-must-must slow-roast tomatoes so that for the rest of the year, we're able to pull the taste of sweet summer from our freezers on mere whim or sheer inspiration.

(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.

TWO YEARS AGO Hurricane Rice, food blogging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Champaign Taste ... Marcella Hazan's Bolognese Sauce
Simply Recipes ... Slow and Quick Bolognese Sauce
Seriously Good ... Ragu Bolognese


Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4

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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  1. Of course I'm collecting recipes using slow-roasted tomatoes, now that I've got my first batch of the season in the freezer. I have to wonder, what did I eat before I discovered this great way of preserving the summer tomato bounty?!

  2. I'm a little slow on getting the post up, but (Ruth &I) tried the Sweet Potato recipe.....check it out today (9-14-07) on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration, Alanna!

  3. I am SO SO SO all over this:). Just printing now...

  4. Hi Lydia ~ A collection is good, yes. What I find interesting is that slow-roasted tomatoes half cook themselves, the ideas come from the air, everything is delicious.

    Janelle ~ I love it when that happens!

  5. thank you so much for this marvelous information. having never truly slow roasted tomatoes i was absolutely astonished at how fantastic the results were. i made a great pasta sauce by merely blending the tomatoes, garlic, adding sauted mushrooms and a wee bit of cream, fresh oregano and rosemary, and of course, FRESH reggiano cheese. there wasn't a word spoken at the table, we were way too busy eating


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