Roast tomatoes with asparagus & black olives

Roast tomatoes with asparagus & black olives

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(13 ratings)

Ready in 35-45 minutes


Serves 8
A fabulous starter or great with lamb or salmon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal102
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 750g cherry tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 24 asparagus spears
  • a handful of black olives, stoned and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/conventional 200C/gas 6. Spread the tomatoes out on a large baking tray and prick each one with a fork. Sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and scatter with the garlic. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

  2. Lay asparagus flat in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Splash with 3 tbsp olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roll the spears until they’re hot and evenly coated with oil.

  3. Remove tomatoes from oven and pour off the excess juice. Push tomatoes to one side of tray and lay asparagus next to them. Return to oven and roast for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the olives before serving warm or at room temperature. Vegetables can be done up to two hours before serving and kept at room temperature.

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9th Jul, 2014
Lovely combination of summery flavours. (Used olive oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes).
20th Jun, 2013
This is such a great starter. I made it the other day as I needed to use up some asparagus and i thought it was so tasty and delicious even though it is so simple! I didn't have any black olives at hand and used bigger tomatoes but I think it worked out just fine! I have written about it on my blog too.
22nd Feb, 2013
Tried this starter the other week for a dinner party I was hosting! It went down as a great! Loved the tomato and garlic flavour. You got to be careful not to over cook the asparagus as the end up soggy! Going to make this again tonight for few friends.
19th Sep, 2012
so easy and delicious, I actually left the juice to act as a kind of sauce, was delicious
8th May, 2011
Great, even without the olives I had this as a side for chicken beasts
26th Apr, 2011
Really yummy and easy. Had with roast lamb and new potatoes. Will be making again!
14th Mar, 2011
I used what I had available - a tin of cherry tomatoes & a jar of asparagus. Since these are already cooked, I did everything in a large frying pan in a few minutes & my wife was very impressed. I shall make sure that I have fresh ingredients next time!
16th Feb, 2011
delicious! and looks great too! so simple to make. had it with salmon steak and salad, but i think it would go with anything.
11th Aug, 2009
A love this as a starter or side dish. I find vine cherry tomatoes are even better and look great as a little bundle (vine still attached) on top of the asparagus. Always a crowd pleaser, and its looks like I've gone to a lot of work!
Frantic Flapjack
12th Jun, 2009
This was really lovely and very simple to make. Served with baked salmon and the crispy new potato bake on this site.


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