Roasted Tomato Sauce

I have a confession to make. I have not done a lot of cooking this summer. During the week it is just me and the kids. And well, let’s be honest, they don’t really care what I make for dinner. They are pretty happy with a bowl of cereal or a sandwich. We are sort of living like bachelors right now. We spend a lot of time playing at the beach, and not a lot of time in the kitchen. There are worse problems to have for sure.

Over the weekend, we had a family party for 30+ people. It was so much fun, and I loved having everyone in the same place, it happens so rarely. For this occasion, I did cook. A lot. I realized that I really do love cooking, and that I miss it. Today, I opened the fridge and I saw a basket of heirloom cherry tomatoes and they looked like they needed to be my lunch. So I turned them into one of the most delicious sauces that I have ever eaten. It was an accident really, I sort of made it up as I went along, the end result was more amazing than I could have imagined. The tomatoes and garlic cloves turned soft and sweet. The fresh basil gives it freshness at the end, and the Parmesan just a touch of salt to balance the sweetness of the tomatoes. A very happy accident indeed.

I know that I will get questions about quantity, I will tell you that this is more method than anything. You can do this with however many tomatoes you have around. Like more garlic? Add as much as you like. It is so simple that no matter what you do, you cannot go wrong.

roasted tomato sauce recipeheirloom cherry tomatoes – about 2 cups
6 garlic cloves
olive oil
sea salt
pepper
fresh basil
whole wheat pasta
Parmesan cheese

roasted tomato sauce recipeSlice your tomatoes in half.

roasted tomato sauce recipeLine a baking sheet with tin foil. Spread tomatoes and garlic in a single layer. Drizzle olive oil over. Don’t be shy with it. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and fresh pepper.

roasted tomato sauce recipeRoast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Start to boil the water for your pasta about 15 minutes after you put the tomatoes into the oven.

roasted tomato sauce recipeThis step is not necessary, but I like more of a sauce, so I put it through my food mill. I poured all of the juice and brown bits into the food mill. You could use a blender, or skip this all together.

roasted tomato sauce recipeThis is what it looks like at the end. I like a little texture, so I added back in the garlic cloves and a little bit of skin.

roasted tomato sauce recipeToss with whole grain pasta.

roasted tomato sauce recipeToss in some torn basil leaves.

roasted tomato sauce recipeAdd some Parmesan shavings.

roasted tomato sauce recipeAnd enjoy!

roasted tomato sauce recipe

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Yield: serves 4

Roasted Tomato Sauce - roasting the tomatoes brings out the natural sweetness and develops flavor. So simple and makes a divine tomato sauce

Ingredients

  • heirloom cherry tomatoes – about 2 cups
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • fresh basil
  • whole wheat pasta
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Slice your tomatoes in half. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Spread tomatoes and garlic in a single layer. Drizzle olive oil over. Don’t be shy with it. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and fresh pepper.
  2. Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Start to boil the water for your pasta about 15 minutes after you put the tomatoes into the oven.
  3. This step is not necessary, but I like more of a sauce, so I put it through my food mill. I poured all of the juice and brown bits into the food mill. You could use a blender, or skip this all together.
  4. Toss with whole grain pasta. Toss in some torn basil leaves. Add some Parmesan shavings.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 42 Comments

  1. shawna [of styleberryBLOG]

    um. YUM!!! I can’t wait to try this!!!

    1. bakedbree

      This is perfect for you Shawna!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This sounds fabulous! Glad you got yourself back in the kitchen for this one!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too Katrina! I miss being in the kitchen, I am excited to move into our house and get back to eating at home every day.

  3. June g.

    I’m a weekday widow, I’m always looking for something speedy and delicious:)

    1. bakedbree

      this is perfect for that!

  4. Cathy Pascual

    Yum!
    I will definitely try this when our cherry tomatoes come in!

    1. bakedbree

      You will love it!

  5. Tom

    Here is a little kitchen tip I use all the time. Take thiose tomatoes and place them between 2 large plastic lids, press lightly on the top lid and run your serrated bread knife between the lids. All the tomatoes halved in an instant!

    Great recipe. I love roasted tomatoes and garlic.

    1. June g.

      I saw that tip on pinterest! Have to try it out.

      1. bakedbree

        Let me know how it goes.

    2. bakedbree

      thanks Tom!

  6. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    This sounds fabulous! I could eat this everyday!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too Jennifer! The garlic cloves are my favorite part.

  7. Cristina @ Tiny Perfect Bites

    That looks great! I love roasted tomato soup, so I’m sure I will love roasted tomato sauce.

    1. bakedbree

      You will! It brings out the sweetness and it so easy.

  8. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    I’d take spending more time at the beach over time in the kitchen! Summer food is fun, but summer activities definitely take precedence. πŸ™‚ Your tomato sauce sounds fabulous – tomato sauce is something I have very little experience with, so I’m looking forward to trying your recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      Me too Julia!

  9. Wendy

    This looks absolutely amazing! I love dishes like this that are simple but taste delicious. I too have been on what my husband calls a cooking strike but I’m back in the kitchen today. Can’t wait to give this a try.

    1. bakedbree

      I need to get back in there. I miss real food.

  10. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

    Thanks for the step by step pictures!

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Elizabeth!

  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Sounds so simple and delicious! Also, I love your description of the “bachelor” life — cereal and sandwiches, ha ha.

    1. bakedbree

      It is sad, but we are sort of eating like when I was in college.

  12. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

    All of those cherry tomatoes look amazing!!! This sauce sounds absolutely delicious. πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Ali! Went a little tomato crazy at the farmers market. πŸ™‚

  13. Bree

    I make something similar but this looks especially fabulous!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Bree!

  14. Minnie(@thelady8home)

    That sounds fabulous! Its looking delicious. Loved your photographs.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Minnie!

  15. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Oh goodness gracious — this looks so tasty. I love those “happy accident” recipes. πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      Me too! The garlic is my favorite part.

  16. Karen

    Simple, but fresh. I can just taste the roasted tomatoes sauce and basil. Yum.

    1. bakedbree

      So easy too. Loved this pasta. I could eat it every day.

  17. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    Wow! What a great sauce! I am in love!!!

    1. bakedbree

      So am I! I cannot wait to make this again.

  18. Rachel

    This was wonderful! It was perfect way to use the abundance of tomatoes in my garden.

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad Rachel!

  19. Esther

    Omg I’m DEFINITELY making this for my dad tonight! He says we wanted to try a new pasta sauce and *cha-ching!* found a PERFECT one and it just looks so yummy! thanks loads!!Xx

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you both loved it, I make this all the time now. So easy and so flavorful.

  20. Michelle

    Can’t wait to make this, I’ve been looking for a homemade pasta sauce. What can I use if I do not have a food mill but want that sauce consistency?

    1. bakedbree

      Pulse in the food processor or blender.

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