Roasted Tomato Sauce

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There are some staple recipes that you just have to have in your repertoire. Tomato sauce is one of them. Jarred tomato sauce is convenient, but making homemade tomato sauce is SUPER easy. This recipe is extra delicious, since the tomatoes are roasted, which gives them a big boost of caramelized flavor in addition to the flavors of fresh vegetables and herbs.

During the summer when the stores, farms and gardens are overflowing with gorgeous fresh produce, take advantage of the abundance of tomatoes and make some sauce; you will be amazed by the depth of flavor of homemade sauce.
I love that you can adjust the flavor of homemade food to suit your own liking. You can add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, and a myriad of different herbs to the sauce. My favorite flavor combination is very simple – tomatoes, garlic, herbs and olive oil. It’s so yummy, I could just eat it with a spoon, and I sometimes I do just that:). It’s wonderful to have a few jars of your own homemade sauce on hand. You can use the sauce in so many different recipes, one of the most simple is with some pasta and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on busy days, and all the way to Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan, etc. 

Ingredients:

4 1/2 lbs tomatoes

6 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

salt, pepper

fresh herbs – thyme, basil, parsley

Instructions:

Roasted Tomato Sauce-1 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the seeds out of all the tomatoes. Here’s an tip about an easy way to seed tomatoes. 

If you’d like, blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds, then plunge them in ice water to peel off the skin. I don’t bother taking the skin off, because it disintegrates after I puree the sauce at the end anyway.

Coarsely chop the tomatoes and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add the minced garlic and the thyme. Nestle the thyme in the tomatoes; it you leave them on top, the herbs will burn. Oregano is also another great herb to use with tomato sauce.  Roasted Tomato Sauce-1-9 Roast the tomatoes in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, until the tomatoes are tender and are golden and charred in spots.

Roasted Tomato Sauce-1-8 Puree the tomatoes in a food processor to your desisted consistency. Roasted Tomato Sauce-1-10 Add fresh herbs and drizzle in more olive oil.   Roasted Tomato Sauce-1-11 Store in the refrigerator. Roasted Tomato Sauce-1-2

Roasted Tomato Sauce
 
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Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 4½ lbs tomatoes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • fresh herbs - thyme, basil, parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Take the seeds out of all the tomatoes. Here's an tip about an easy way to seed tomatoes.
  2. If you'd like, blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds, then plunge them in ice water to peel off the skin. I don't bother taking the skin off, because it disintegrates after I puree the sauce at the end anyway.
  3. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and place them on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add the minced garlic and the thyme. Nestle the thyme in the tomatoes; it you leave them on top, the herbs will burn. Roast the tomatoes in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, until the tomatoes are tender and are golden and charred in spots.
  4. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor to your desisted consistency. Add fresh herbs and drizzle in more olive oil. Store in the refrigerator.

 

 

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    • says

      Absolutely, Vita. I freeze it all the time. It’s really handy to have on hand. Leave some room at the top for the sauce to expand and store it in a tightly sealed container or even ziptop freezer bag.

  1. Vera says

    Hi, how would u can it for the winter? After processing in the food processor cook it and can them? Thanks

    • says

      Yes, Vera, you can definitely can this sauce. After you puree the sauce in the food processor or blender, cook it for about 10 more minutes on the stove and then can it in sterilized jars.

      • Katy says

        Hi Olga,
        I am also wondering about canning this recipe, would we need to add any lemon juice or vinegar to the sauce to can it? I just made this recipe last night and it was wonderful, I would definitely want to make more and can it for the winter.

        • says

          Hi Katy,
          No, you do not need to add any lemon juice or vinegar to the sauce to can it. Just make sure to cook bring the sauce to a boil on the stovetop after you puree it and cook it for about 10 minutes and then put it into sterilized jars.

  2. Sharon says

    Hi olga,

    For how long could i store this in sterilized jars? Out of the refrigerator?
    I really like the Recipe!

  3. Cindy M. says

    Olga! I tried your recipe for Roasted Tomato Sauce today, canning 5 jars-I’m with you, I could eat it out of the jar with a spoon! I went out to our local agricultural/orchard area , Greenbluff, just outside of Spokane, WA & got the ingredients, so it was the freshest sauce I have ever done! I am definitely going to make more! Your site is wonderful :-)

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