Tomatoes & oregano, a great combination


Oregano is one of my favorite herbs in the garden. It’s perennial here in Wisconsin. It doesn’t mind drought or neglect. And it smells so good!

I’m always looking for recipes that call for fresh oregano.  Here are two of my most recent finds.

Baked Tomatoes Oregano

  • 4 large beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/8 C grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 C bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 TBL fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1 TBL olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Mix cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper and oregano
  4. Place tomato slices close together in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with mixture above and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is lightly toasted.

Tortellini Tomato & Oregano

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • 1 TBL fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 (9 oz) package fresh tortellini
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp pre-prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 or more leaves fresh basil, torn (quantity depends on your taste)

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 400 F
  2. Mix olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add cherry tomatoes to the bowl and stir until tomatoes are coated. Dump the entire bowl onto a baking sheet. Bake until the tomatoes begin to burst (about 15 minutes).
  3. Cook and drain the tortellini according to package directions, and set aside in a serving dish.
  4. Cook the garlic in olive oil until golden brown in a skillet (about 3 minutes). Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the pesto and roasted tomatoes. Smash the tomatoes with a fork to break open, stir to combine, and pour the sauce over the tortellini. Sprinkle with Parmesan and basil.

About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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