Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. I am happy to share with you some more Belle-approved kitchen finds: Mutti® Double Concentrated Tomato Paste and Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes available at Albertsons, which reminds me of my NaNa. She was caring, sweet, but knew how to demonstrate just the right amount of sass. My PawPaw and her had a garden every year, and she loved tomatoes. You all know we plant a garden every year as well and the one thing my husband must absolutely have is tons of tomato plants. Well, fast forward to the Louisiana heat and we have lost all our crops in record time this year. That still doesn’t stop me from craving fresh tomatoes. If you are feeling the same way, I am happy to share with you my Roasted Tomato Caprese dedicated to my NaNa and husband.
The Double Concentrated Tomato Paste has such a rich, intense, and sweet taste; it takes 1.5 lbs of tomatoes to make each tube. I also incorporated some of the Mutti® Cherry Tomatoes into this recipe, and they are sweet, succulent and so fresh you can taste it straight from the can. Oh, and roasting them takes the bold robust taste to another level. Mutti® tomatoes are made with just two ingredients: sun-ripened Italian tomatoes and a pinch of Mediterranean sea salt. Did you know that many other brands add Citric Acid and Calcium Chloride? Be sure to check your Albertsons app for availability and coupons. I utilized the grocery pick up and it was such a smooth and convenient process. I’m sure these tomatoes and my recipe will get me NaNa’s approval too.
Preheat the oven to 350. Drain cans of tomatoes and place in a bowl. You can save reserved contents and make a great tomato soup base.
Mix together tomato paste, half of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and sugar. Pour mixture over tomatoes and coat tomatoes.
Place coated tomatoes in oven and roast 20-25 minutes until tomatoes begin to burst. Meanwhile, cut fresh mozzarella into large chunk size pieces and place in a serving dish. Salt and pepper to taste.
Immediately pour roasted tomato mixture on top of mozzarella pieces and mix lightly. Top with fresh basil and serve immediately. Perfect with a crusty baguette.
Belle’s tip: Place over your favorite pasta to make this a full meal. You can also opt to serve straight out of the can and skip the roasting as they taste just as fresh.
I hope this recipe brings you as much joy as it brings my family. Don’t forget, Mutti is available at your local Albertsons. As always, thank you for following along with me as I share recipes from the soul with memories of my NaNa sprinkled throughout. Be Well-Omniley