This is a dish that Marcella admits in a future book (I can't remember which one) that she cooks all the time.
You can see why. It's so easy and a good way to use up tomatoes that don't have a whole lot of life left in them.
I served mine with a lamb sausage I found at the Chandler markets. They were both delicious. Strangely the sausages were so good - pretty well no fat came out of them. I have never had anything like it.
Anyway, back to the tomato. It was superb. The flavour was intense, as Marcella foreshadowed. Cooking it in the oven brings out the essence of tomato (as the liquid disappears). The tomatoes were not burnt, but they were shriveled and brown.
I've put the left overs in a container and will munch them during the week, perhaps on a sandwich.
I might use a little less garlic next time I cook these. There will be a next time - I think this is something I could make every week, as it would seem Marcella does or at least did at one stage.
Although it is not Italian, for those with an interest I also found some turnips at the market, and bought them, a potato, a leek and some onions to make a soup, which I did. I used my frozen chicken stock and also a little cream and made a french style vege soup with my market spoils. Beautiful I must say, and I was pleased as I had not cooked turnips in a soup before.
So tell me, how would an Italian make a soup with the following: 1 potato, 1 leek, garlic, 3 turnips, assuming staples in the kitchen? Would it be the same as the simple french technique but with meat broth and not pureeing it at the end and no little bit of cream?
We finished with the most beautiful strawberries you have ever tasted (in season in winter in Brisbane), bought from the farmer who grew them, as well as a winter pineapple, which apparently is different from a summer one. The pineapple only cost $1. The turnips, potato and onions only cost $5.
Who said you can't eat well for 10 bucks.