Mom's signature pasta dish

In September there was an abundance of plum (Roma) tomatoes to be used. A variety of recipes were created not to waste. Hence, this dish was made with the ripest and sweetest tomatoes in season. When we moved to America, mom would have the produce man deliver 4 bushels of these tomatoes up 4 flights of steps. The only room to be used for sorting was the Living Room. On a white sheet, the tomatoes were sorted and left to ripen. We would all help Mom make jarred tomatoes. She would save a few pounds to make baked tomatoes. Your kitchen will smell so good, your neighbors may knock on your door. ..please make them now that we're reaching their most ripest. After you purchase them, let them stay out of the refrigerator. I hope you try them. 

Buon Appettito

Prepared to go into oven

Prepared to go into oven

Cooked to perfection

Cooked to perfection

Mashed with fork

Mashed with fork

Ready to serve...

Ready to serve...

Baked Tomatoes***

2 lbs ripened plum (Roma) tomatoes, washed and quartered lengthwise

6 - 8 cloves garlic, minced (more is better)

5 – 10 leaves of fresh basil/  parsley, chopped

½ - ¾ cup grated Locatelli cheese, sprinkled evenly

Salt/Pepper to taste

1 cup cold water, poured evenly over tomatoes


In 13 X 9 pan, arrange tomatoes in one layer. Top with remaining ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 1 hour. Tops of tomatoes should be crispy and there should be a reduced liquid. Remove from oven.  Let cool and then mash (yes, mash) the tomatoes with a fork, breaking the tomatoes to create a chunky sauce. Tomatoes should be very well done, but not burnt.

Cook 1 lb linguini, spaghetti or angel hair al dente. Pour drained pasta right into mixture. Toss very well. Pass the cheese. Serves 4 - very hungry people


***For best results use fresh herbs, Locatelli cheese and plum Roma tomatoes. 


27.09.2022 13:27

Gail LaForce

Living here in Mattituck, I have access to great tomatoes. My daughter, Maureen, was out yesterday and requested I make Mrs. Conte’s Roma Tomato Sauce! Your love being passed down to my grandkids.

07.09.2019 18:09

Gail LaForce

I remember when you taught me how to make this plum tomato sauce, and I make it every year. Love it!!!!

27.09.2022 21:44

Jan Conte

Oh Gail, reading this fills my heart. I am so honored to continue to be part of your lives. It's amazing how food can be so nostalgic and recipes carried down for generations. You have made my day.

07.09.2019 18:43

Jan Conte

I remember you loved this recipe and I have had yours and it was perfect!!! Thanks for sharing this with me ❤️

10.08.2019 19:08

Kathie Meyers

Jan, Thank you so much for creating your blog. The recipes look wonderful! I'll be cooking!

10.08.2019 20:44

Jan Conte

Hi Kathie,
So happy to hear from you. Please click on the Like this page to confirm you really like it. Thanks for your comment and Happy Cooking.

06.08.2019 01:28

Cira this is something I'd really enjoy. Can't wait to try it out. Love reading your recipes.

06.08.2019 04:14

Jan Conte

Thanks Cira, this dish will wow your taste buds. Your house will smell like a restaurant. Thanks for your input.