There’s just something so refreshing about Roma tomato recipes. Tomatoes themselves are juicy, delicious, and nutritious, especially when they’re nice and ripe. The recipes below make the best use of Roma tomatoes so that you can appreciate the flavor.
We’ve got Roma tomato soups, sauces, meat dishes, salads, pasta, and more — all featuring the wonderful Roma tomato.
Did you know Romas are one of the best tomatoes for canning and creating tomato paste? Their firmness and slim shape make them great for all sorts of uses. Plus, it’s easy to sneak in some extra veggies when you make a dish with tomatoes. Romas from the base in many of these recipes, adding tons of tastiness.
If you have a bunch of tomatoes in your kitchen and aren’t sure what to do with them, these recipes will fix your problem. Make a fabulous dish while using up your tomatoes before they get too ripe.
Choose your favorite recipe to try, and get cooking!
1. Roma Tomato Sauce Recipe
This Roma tomato sauce is simple to make and perfect for many uses.
Make it to go over pasta, over a meat dish, or can it or freeze it for later. You also won’t have to blanch or peel the tomatoes for this, making it super easy.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a super-easy tomato sauce, this one fits the bill. If you don’t have Roma tomatoes, another tomato will work, but you might have to boil it a little longer.
2. Slow-Roasted Tomatoes
Have some Roma tomatoes that aren’t quite ripe enough? You don’t have to wait — make this recipe.
Slow-roasted tomatoes are heated in the oven on very low heat for hours. Thankfully, it’s very easy, so you can do other things while you’re roasting the Romas.
Be sure not to crowd the tomatoes on the pan. They’ll need plenty of room to “breathe” as they cook.
Enough your slow-roasted tomatoes on their own, over pasta, on a sandwich, with crackers and cheese, or whatever your heart desires!
3. Homemade Tomato Soup (with Fresh Tomatoes)
If you’re unsure what to do with Roma tomatoes, homemade soup is always a good option.
First, you start with fresh Roma tomatoes. Then, add some garlic and fresh herbs to bring out all of the flavors. Next, give the soup just the right amount of creaminess with a bit of cream.
You can even make this if you only have canned tomatoes. The flavor will be slightly different, but you’ll still enjoy it. (For the best results if using canned tomatoes, choose fire-roasted.)
And the soup contains a secret ingredient: red bell pepper. It helps balance out the tomatoes’ acidity. Don’t have red bell pepper? Carrots will work, too.
4. Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
Why is this dish so easy and delicious?
There are a couple of reasons. First, it only requires five ingredients to make. Second, you can make the entire thing in one pan.
Fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, and garlic provide the most incredible flavors. You’ll cook them gently in olive oil and butter until the tomatoes make a creamy and luscious sauce. And don’t forget a little bit of heavy cream added to the sauce that’s poured over tasty chicken breast.
Enjoy a high-quality dish that takes minimal time to make.
5. Basil Tomato Pie
Here’s a unique and flavorful way to use Roma tomatoes.
Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, cheese, and a flaky pie crust come together for dinner (or appetizer) you won’t forget.
You can use a refrigerated pre-made crust or make your own for this. (If you want to make it yourself, the recipe contains a link to a homemade crust recipe.)
After preparing the crust and adding the fillings, you’ll bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the pie is golden and bubbly on top. Yum!
6. Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumbers and Roma tomatoes are perfect in a nice, light salad.
Red onions and creamy Ranch dressing complete the dish for a healthy yet satisfying meal or side.
Add some pork tenderloin or grilled chicken for a tasty salad — amazing for summer or any time of the year. And did we mention the dressing is homemade? Don’t worry, though; it’s easy! You’ll combine sour cream or Greek yogurt, dried dill, fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
Make this salad to eat immediately, or you can cover and chill for later.
7. Easy Marinated Tomatoes
Use up extra Roma tomatoes — or give them a tasty use — with this simple Korean-style marinated tomatoes recipe.
You don’t even have to peel the tomatoes to make this. Just cut them in half and trim them. And now, let’s talk about the marinade: bell peppers, jalapenos, fresh garlic, parsley, and dill are pulsed together then combined with olive oil, vinegar, sugar, and salt.
Marinate the Romas in the fridge for 12 hours, and you have tasty tomatoes ready for snacks, salads, or whatever else you like tomatoes on.
8. Peach Salsa
Looking for a colorful salsa recipe that is sure to please any party or crowd? We’ve got just the thing for you.
This fresh peach salsa contains tomatoes, peaches (of course), jalapeno, red bell pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. You’ll love the combo of sweetness and a little kick.
The salsa pairs well with your favorite chips, or you can enjoy it with freshly-cooked meats like pork or grilled chicken.
Need a good topping for tacos? This works great for that, too.
9. Herb-Crusted Baked Tomatoes
Maybe you’re scrolling through recipes and wondering just what to make with Roma tomatoes.
Well, why not bake them up with a nice herb crust? Garlic and parmesan crust, to be exact.
You could make these appetizers or as a side dish with a nice steak or grilled chicken. You can also toss them in a salad!
For the best results, make your breadcrumbs for the crust by running the bread through a blender for a few seconds. Easy peasy.
10. Homemade Pico de Gallo
Welcome to the most straightforward, freshly-made pico de gallo recipe you’ll find.
All you need is Roma tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime and lemon juice.
You’ll also need salt. Don’t forget to add generous amounts of salt to bring out the flavor.
This is a chunky salsa, so you’ll roughly chop everything instead of running it through a blender or food processor. Bonus: that saves you even more time and cleaning up!
Pico de gallo is the best party pleaser for any get-together — from Super Bowl Sunday to Friday night parties.
11. Baked Caprese Chicken
Herb-crusted Caprese chicken is baked with creamy mozzarella and topped with freshly-sliced Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and an incredible balsamic reduction.
What makes this recipe different from other Caprese chicken recipes? Instead of using chicken breast, it calls for chicken thighs, which are more tender and juicy.
The completed dish contains creamy, rich, tangy, and sweet flavors that you’ll think about for days after. Then, you’ll save the recipe to make again and again.
If you’re looking for a chicken recipe that melts in your mouth, look no further.
12. Bruschetta Chicken Bake
Bruschetta is typically an appetizer, but this recipe turns the concept into a tasty, filling meal.
Fresh veggies, balsamic vinegar, and melty mozzarella cheese come together for a juicy, satisfying chicken bake.
It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare and make — and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Since the ingredients and recipe and super easy, don’t skimp on quality. Use fresh Roma tomatoes, basil, and garlic. You won’t regret the incredible flavors that result!
13. Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
As far as recipes using Roma tomatoes go, this one is the definition of healthy comfort food.
Fresh tomatoes, garlic, carrots, onions, basil, and thyme provide the perfect combination of tasty veggies. Add in a little cayenne pepper for spice, half-and-half for creaminess, and orzo rice for heartiness.
Doesn’t this make you excited to prep a grilled cheese for dunking?
Plus, Roma tomatoes are perfect for this soup because they provide the most thickness and substance. Roasting them with fresh thyme and basil will bring out all of the natural flavors.
14. Homemade Tomato Paste
Whip up a batch of freshly-made tomato paste — use it now, and store the rest for later.
You only need three ingredients for this tomato paste: Roma tomatoes, olive oil, and Bay leaves.
If you have a food mill, you’ll save a lot of time with this recipe, avoiding blanching and de-seeding the tomatoes.
If you have a garden full of ripe tomatoes or too many in your kitchen, making tomato paste is a great idea. You’ll never want to use storebought again!
15. Balsamic-Glazed Caprese
Caprese salad is the definition of freshness. This one is no exception.
All you’ll need is Roma tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and extra light-tasting olive oil.
The balsamic glaze is what makes this dish. It adds a rich and tangy flavor that pairs incredibly with the fresh ingredients.
Although you’re probably going to use Roma tomatoes, you can also use cherry tomatoes and make the recipe into a Caprese bob on toothpicks.
Enjoy the Caprese as a fresh side dish or snack!
16. Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
Some of the best tomato recipes are salads, and you can add this salad to that list!
This salad calls for Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh cilantro.
If you don’t like or want to use cilantro, you can use fresh dill instead.
All you do is chop everything and add it to a large bowl. Toss with olive oil and lemon juice for a quick, homemade lemon dressing. Then, add in some sea salt and pepper.
Viola! You’ve got a light, tasty avocado salad ready to eat.
17. Lemon Basil Chicken Pasta
Do you need a weeknight pasta dish (using Roma tomatoes) that only takes about 30 minutes to make? This meal will check all of your boxes.
You really can’t go wrong with a perfectly balanced pasta dish for any time of the week.
You’ll get comforting pasta with amazingly-seasoned chicken, olive oil, Roma tomatoes, and an incredible lemon basil buttery sauce.
You’ll need to remove the skins from the tomatoes, but don’t worry — it’s simple. Then, besides boiling the pasta, you’ll make everything in just one pan.
17 Best Roma Tomato Recipes
- ¼ c extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, cut in half and seeds removed
- 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp chopped fresh basil
- ½ c crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat your oven to 375℉.
- In a bowl, mix the halved tomatoes and chopped garlic, parsley, basil, and oregano. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper, stirring well so that the seasonings work deep into the tomatoes’ grooves.
- Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet, cut sides up. Sprinkle about one tablespoon of feta cheese on each tomato.
- Bake the tomatoes for about 15 minutes. They should be cooked through but still firm to the touch.