Enjoy the deep flavor and vibrant color of fresh tomatoes all year long. Ever wondered how to make Roasted Tomato Sauce at home? It’s super easy and the sauce freezes beautifully. Follow my recipe and you’ll have your first batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce ready in no time!
Let’s see how many of your favorite dishes call for tomato sauce…
Now that tomatoes are ripe and delicious and fresh, it’s a great time to make your own homemade roasted tomato sauce and freeze it so you’ll have it when it’s actually cold outside and you want to bake lasagna in the oven.
Every summer when the market stands are full of ripe tomatoes bursting with flavor, I just cannot help myself and buy a lot of them. Like, really a lot.
Instead of forcing Dustin to eat one tomato dish after another the entire summer, I oven roast them and make my own Roasted Tomato Sauce. If it sounds fancy, don’t be worried – it’s so incredibly easy and simple. It’s the perfect way to preserve tomatoes and (bonus) it freezes exceptionally well. That way, you know you’ll never have to reach out for the store-bought tomato sauce again.
WHAT TO USE ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE IN
When making Roasted Tomato Sauce, I tend to get a bit carried away and make a lot of it, all at once. Dustin claims no one in their right mind could use up all that tomato sauce. Little does he know how many recipes call for this Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce. Homemade tomato sauce just tastes so much better than the store-bought stuff and is also much healthier.
HOW TO SPIRALIZE
For starters, let’s keep it super simple with some low-carb veggie noodles! From what vegetables can be spiralized to what vegetables make the best pasta, this post is your Spiralizer Beginner’s Guide to understand all things Spiralizer + grab tons of easy veggie spiralizer recipes. Make some veggie pasta with Oven Roasted Tomato sauce for a light dinner or lunch.
STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH BOWLS
All the flavors of your favorite pasta dish are packed into these Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Bowls – a delicious, hearty, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly meal! Add a flavorful punch and keep it super-healthy by using Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce. This crowd pleaser is a comfort food you can enjoy while following your clean eating plan!
SWEET POTATO LASAGNA
It’s about time you try my Sweet Potato Lasagna. This ooey, gooey, hearty, satisfying, amaaazeballs lasagna features no empty carbs. If you’re into the whole pasta carby yumminess, but also want to eat clean, this is the dish that will make your taste buds dance with joy!
OVEN ROASTED VS. FIRE ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE
If you want to get more flavor from your tomatoes, roasting them is the way to go! It’s a slow process, but luckily not a very painful one. Tomatoes are pretty great anyway and I’m not saying that roasted ones are better than raw tomatoes, but sometimes you just want to add a bit of that intense tomato flavor to your dish and that’s where roasted tomatoes come in handy.
Ever heard of fire-roasted tomatoes? Fire-roasting just means cooking over an open flame so this would mean your tomatoes were cooked over an open flame, as opposed to being roasted in an oven. You can fire-roast the tomatoes in your broiler, on your stovetop burner, or on a grill, if you’d like. Or, if you’d rather just get the tasty flavors from roasting the tomatoes, that’s what I tend to opt for anyways.
CAN YOU FREEZE HOMEMADE ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE?
Got your hands on a whole bunch of ripe, juicy tomatoes? Perfect! Make a big batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce and freeze it. That way, you can easily just grab it from the freezer whenever you’re making a dish that calls for tomato sauce. Roasted tomato sauce is a great base for tomato soup, homemade enchilada sauce, chili, spaghetti, lasagna, pizza… It’s so versatile, you cannot help but love it! Follow my easy recipe for Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce and stock up for winter!
HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE FROZEN?
Wondering how long you can freeze homemade tomato sauce? Not only does homemade tomato sauce freeze very well, but if stored properly, this Roasted Tomato Sauce can last up to 6 months in the freezer without changing its flavor or texture. I freeze it in 3-4 cup batches in air-tight ziplock freezer safe gallon bags. Then, when I know I’ll be using one, I just grab it from the freezer and thaw in the fridge in a big bowl of cold water for about 4-6 hours.
Enjoy the deep flavor and vibrant color of fresh tomatoes all year long with this easy Roasted Tomato Sauce. It’s super easy and the sauce freezes beautifully. Follow my recipe and you’ll have your first batch of Roasted Tomato Sauce ready in no time!
- 2 lbs Roma tomatoes, cut in half
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 medium yellow onion, cut into large chunks
- 1 carrot, cut into large chunks
- 1 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 3-4 basil leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or you can use a large casserole dish.
Lay out the tomato halves (skin-side up), onion, garlic and carrot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Try to make this only one layer to allow for maximum roasting. Drizzle olive oil all over.
Bake for 60 - 75 minutes, or until the edges of the tomatoes and onions begin to pull away from the tomato flesh.
Allow to cool and then remove the peels using your hands.
Add additional salt and/or pepper, to taste.
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