This dish capitalizes on the classic combination of tomatoes and basil. I always have cherry tomatoes and basil growing in my summer vegetable garden so it’s one of those dishes that comes straight from the garden. I love that!

Grow It: Tomato Sweet 100, Sweet Basil


  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Place the tomatoes, olive oil and garlic in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Toss everything together to coat.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes minutes.
  5. The tomatoes should be plump and soft, but not mushy.
  6. Remove the tomatoes from the oven and top with Parmesan and basil.
  7. Serve hot or warm with crusty slices of bread, focaccia or crackers.