Linguine, Baked Tomatoes and Basil

Tomatoes baked in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, served over linguine, and garnished with fresh basil. The tomatoes are baked whole with the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for about an hour or more until soft, then quartered and the combination of sweetened vinegar and tomatoes are poured over the linguine. The dish is finalized by mixing in fresh basil leaves and finely sliced chili. Add a little parmesan cheese and you have something that your taste buds will not forget any time soon.

Ingredients (2 serves)

  • The Pasta
    • 180-200 grams of linguine
  • The Sauce
    • 4 medium sized fine ripened tomatoes
    • 150-200 mills of Balsamic Vinegar
    • 2 heaped teaspoons of brown sugar
    • 1 red chili seeds removed and finely chopped
  • The Garnish
    • one cup of fresh basil leaves
    • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese


  1. preheat oven to 180C
  2. line a small baking dish with baking paper and place tomatoes in the dish
  3. mix together the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and pour over tomatoes
  4. cook tomatoes in oven until soft (60-90 minutes)
  5. prepare linguine (following directions, probably about 10 min.)
  6. remove baked tomatoes from oven and quarter the tomatoes in the dish
  7. place cooked linguine into a serving dish, add the tomatoes and juice from the baking dish and the fresh basil leaves
  8. serve with the grated parmesan cheese

Source: Personal experience.