Roasted Tomato Sauce

ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE

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Experience the rich, vibrant flavors of homemade roasted tomato sauce with this simple and delicious recipe. I am so excited to share this with you because it’s just that good! Using fresh Roma tomatoes, this sauce bursts with the essence of summer. It is infused with an aromatic blend of Italian herbs, garlic, and a hint of olive oil. The addition of diced onion complements the tomatoes. This oven-roasted tomato sauce is sure to become a family favorite! It’s perfect for pasta, pizza, or as a base for various dishes!

Why You Will Love This Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce

  • This homemade sauce is incredibly flavorful and up-levels any dish!
  • Roasting the tomatoes gives the sauce the most incredible flavor!
  • The garlic and Italian herbs add flavor to the sauce.
  • This tomato sauce is easy to make with just a handful of fresh ingredients.
  • You can use this tomato sauce in so many ways! It’s such a delicious pasta sauce! Plus, it freezes well!

What Is Roasted Tomato Sauce?

Roasted tomato sauce is made by roasting tomatoes in the oven and then blending them into a smooth sauce. Roasting the tomatoes intensifies the flavor of the sauce. We seasoned the tomatoes with Italian herbs, garlic, and a touch of olive oil before roasting them for the ultimate flavor!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for roasted tomato sauce
  • Tomatoes: Use four pounds of Roma tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Garlic: Crush three fresh garlic cloves to add flavor.
  • Italian Herbs: Add Italian herbs for delicious flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Toss the tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil so the seasonings stick before roasting the tomatoes.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  • Onion: Diced onion adds another layer of flavor to the sauce. You can use diced white or sweet onion.

How To Make Roasted Tomato Sauce

Step 1: Wash and dry the Roma tomatoes. Then, slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise and add them to a large bowl.

Sliced Roma tomatoes in bowl

Step 2: Add the crushed garlic, Italian herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper, and diced onion to the bowl.

Seasoned Roma tomatoes in bowl

Step 3: Thoroughly mix to coat the tomatoes in the seasonings.

Tomatoes mixed in seasonings

Step 4: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Then, place the tomatoes cut side up on the sheet pan.

Seasoned tomatoes on a sheet pan

Step 5: Roast the seasoned tomatoes in the oven at 450°F for 45-55 minutes.

Roasted tomatoes on a sheet pan

Step 6: Once roasted, let the tomatoes cool. Then, add them to a blender and thoroughly blend until smooth.

Roasted tomatoes in a blender

How To Serve

There are so many ways you can serve this roasted tomato sauce! Here are some ideas on how to use it:

  • Pasta: Use it as a roasted tomato pasta sauce! It’s delicious with spaghetti, your favorite cooked pasta, or in a pasta dish such as lasagna. You can also use it in our slow cooker spaghetti squash recipe or serve it over zucchini noodles.
  • Pizza Sauce: Use it as a pizza sauce! We love using it to make our protein pizza recipe! Spread it on the pizza dough and then add the cheese and your favorite toppings.
  • Meatballs: Serve this roasted tomato sauce with Italian turkey meatballs.
  • Eggplant Parmesan: Use this tomato sauce when making our eggplant parmesan recipe! Or, use it to make our slow cooker chicken parmesan.
  • Sauce: Use it as a dipping sauce for appetizers such as breadsticks, mozzarella sticks, or air fryer zucchini sticks.

Expert Tips For Making Tomato Sauce

  • Roast The Tomatoes: We roast the tomatoes for this tomato sauce to allow the flavors to deepen and intensify. Allow the tomatoes to roast for 45-55 minutes for the best flavor in your sauce.
  • Season The Tomatoes: Thoroughly mix to coat the tomatoes in the seasonings.
  • Use Ripe Tomatoes: Use ripe Roma tomatoes for the ultimate rich flavor in your sauce.
  • Don’t Remove The Seeds: Simply slice the Roma tomatoes in half, there is no need to remove the seeds or peel the tomatoes. Also, don’t remove the roasted tomato skins, just blend the tomatoes into a sauce.
  • Let The Tomatoes Cool: After roasting the tomatoes, let them cool before blending them.
  • Blend Until Smooth: Once cooled, add the roasted tomatoes to a high-powered blender and blend until you have a smooth sauce.

Storage Instructions

You can store leftover roasted tomato sauce in an airtight container or a Mason jar in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. When ready to serve again, reheat the sauce in a saucepan over low heat on the stove until warm.

Variations

  • Italian Herbs Mix: If you don’t have dried Italian herbs, make your own mix with dried oregano, basil, and thyme.
  • Season To Taste: You can season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add Spice: Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to make this tomato sauce spicy.
  • Chunky Sauce: For a chunky tomato sauce, place the roasted tomatoes in a large saucepan and use an immersion blender to blend the sauce to the desired consistency. Or, lightly pulse the tomatoes in the blender until the desired consistency is reached. For an extra chunky sauce, wait for the roasted tomatoes to cool and crush them by hand.
  • Type Of Onion To Use: We like to dice a white or sweet onion for this recipe. You could also use a brown onion.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Tomato Sauce Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes about 4.5 cups of roasted tomato sauce. You can store leftover sauce in the fridge or freezer to enjoy later.

What Are The Best Tomatoes To Use?

Fresh, ripe Roma tomatoes are the best tomatoes to use for this recipe. Roasting Roma tomatoes caramelizes them and brings out a deep, rich, sweet flavor. Also, Roma tomatoes have fewer seeds than many other tomatoes, which prevents this sauce from becoming watery.

Can I Use Canned Tomatoes Instead?

No, for this recipe, use fresh Roma tomatoes. Since the tomatoes are roasted, you must use fresh tomatoes, not canned. However, if you only have canned tomatoes, try our slow cooker tomato sauce or homemade marinara sauce which both use canned San Marzano tomatoes.

Can I Freeze Roasted Tomato Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze this homemade roasted tomato sauce! Let the sauce cool. Then, store it in freezer-safe airtight containers or freezer bags for up to three months.

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ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE

Recipe by Shawna
0.0 from 0 votes
Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

50

minutes
Calories

82

kcal

Experience the rich, vibrant flavors of this homemade roasted tomato sauce! It’s perfect for pasta, pizza, or as a base for various dishes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 pounds of Roma tomatoes

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • 2 teaspoons Italian herbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 CUP diced onion, white or sweet

Directions

  • Wash and dry the Roma tomatoes. Then, slice all the tomatoes in half lengthwise and add them to a large bowl.
  • Add the crushed garlic cloves, Italian herbs, olive oil, salt, pepper, and diced onion to the bowl with the tomatoes.
  • Thoroughly mix to coat the tomatoes in the seasonings.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Then, place the seasoned tomatoes cut side up on the sheet pan.
  • Roast the seasoned tomatoes in the oven at 450°F for 45-55 minutes.
  • Once roasted, let the tomatoes cool for about 10-15 minutes. Then, add them to a blender and thoroughly blend until you have a smooth sauce.

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Notes

  • WW Points™: 1 point per serving
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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories82
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 0.3g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 391mg 17%
  • Potassium mg 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 14.1g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.2g 12%
    • Sugars 7.3g
  • Protein 3g 6%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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