Parmesan Tomato Basil Bake is the perfect recipe if you love tomatoes and have an abundance from your garden!
Using fresh tomatoes and basil and adding a few ingredients more create this wonderful topping that can be served over brown rice pasta or mixed in with hearty quinoa or even topped over fish!
This recipe provides a nice change to typical marinara sauce and uses up fresh tomatoes if you have a bunch from your garden.
Not only did I have an abundance of tomatoes that took forever to actually ripen, but my dad gave me a bagful from his garden. It was an overload so of course I've been finding ways to use them in new recipes for you. A little bit later than the summer when I hoped to post these new tomato recipes, but here they are nonetheless. Last week I stuffed them and gave you, Baked Cheesy Stuffed Tomato Basil Cups. Someone commented they tasted like a pizza without the crust, YUM!
Although the kiddies aren't fans of tomatoes, my hubby and I enjoyed them and of course I brought a sample over to my Italian daddy who was thrilled to see what I'd done with his allotment to me.
Easy to make, comforting, hearty and without any meat makes this a perfect Meatless Monday dish as well!
A few Notes on the recipe:
- I haven't used anything other than fresh tomatoes. Canned may be used but must been drained well or you'll have a sloppy mess.
- I made my own breadcrumbs from Udi's Gluten Free Whole Grain Flax bread. If you use prepared breadcrumbs that have seasonings you can remove the dried Italian seasonings in the recipe.
- If you're not a fan of capers you can certainly leave them out.
Parmesan Tomato Basil Bake
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine tomatoes, capers, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and salt and pepper.
- Mix thoroughly until coated well.
- Pour mixture into a 9 by 13 baking dish.
- In another bowl combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Italian seasonings and basil.
- Pour mixture evenly over the tomatoes.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over the topping.
- Bake 30-35 minutes until nicely browned.
- Serve over pasta, quinoa or even rice.