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Roasted Tomato Sauce

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lots of tomatoes
Earlier this week I briefly mentioned a gigantic bucket of tomatoes given to me by my neighbors from their garden. Wasn’t that nice? And there are a bazillion more tomatoes where these came from. I am not a canner or a freezer-filling planner… this is actually the first occasion in my entire life I’ve even had the time to consider putting up food for future use. It’s neat and weird all at once.

So anyway, I’m just gonna go ahead and say that canning is extremely intimidating.

Also you have to buy lots of stuff to get started. Now, you should know that I am ALL FOR buying stuff. But this trailer house has a serious storage space problem in that it has exactly none in the way of storage space. It’s sort of annoying.

Oh!! And our very nice newer model car decided to blow a head gasket this week for no apparent reason at all… so that’s expensive.

And gets in the way of me buying stuff.

Can I just say that I think it’s pretty ridiculous when a 1964 Volkswagen Beetle with no roof and no doors is more reliable than a fancy new Nissan fully loaded with leather seats? Ridiculous, right? I just needed to get that off my chest.

sliced tomatoes
So back to these tomatoes… after I made tomato bruschetta, I was still left with like 42 tomatoes. That’s an awful lot of BLT’s. Deanna at Year of Healthier Living solved that problem for me rather quickly though when she posted this recipe for Roasted Tomato Sauce.

It was the easiest, most uncomplicated thing I’ve accomplished in a very long while… aside from lazing around with a paperback in the sand.

peeled cloves of garlic
With plenty of garlic, a little olive oil, a bit of kosher salt, and coarsely ground black pepper, this sauce was the complete opposite of a complicated order. Also the house smelled so delicious I could hardly stand it.

tomatoes ready to be roasted

Oh Oh Oh!!! I forgot to tell you! There is no canning required. This sauce lives quite happily in the freezer. So the most you’ll have to buy is a freezer bag or two. Or 24. But still.

roasted tomatoes!
All I had to do was wait a little bit, and then stir a little bit, and then wait just a little bit more…

While the oven worked its magic, I folded some laundry, considered tomato red toenail polish, read an interview with Anne Hathaway in Allure and decided she’s just as likable as I wanted her to be, thought about cookies, ate a cookie, washed a few dishes, refilled my coffee, and… well you get the idea.

tomatoes and garlic in the blender
The tomatoes came from the oven, all charred and lovely, and then I scraped them into the blender.

roasted tomato sauce with mozzarella bits
What I got out of the blender was this thick, rich, marinara that just screamed summer and fresh and all sorts of wonderfulness. So of course I dipped cheese in it.


Roasted Tomato Sauce (I’m gonna share this for you just like I found it HERE)




Olive Oil

salt and pepper

To Make

Wash the tomatoes, core them, and slice into quarters (halves for smaller varieties such as romas). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. I use parchment paper. Foil up and over the edges would have worked soooo much better. Learn from my pot-scrubbing mistake.

Spread the garlic pieces around the tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put the baking sheet in the oven and roast the tomatoes for about two hours, stirring them around occasionally. When they’re done, most of the liquid will be evaporated and the tomatoes will look a bit charred. That’s good.

Blend the roasted tomatoes and garlic to your desired consistency in a blender or in a bowl using an immersion or stick blender.

You can freeze this for up to 6 months.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

August 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

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  1. wow. I have my tried and true signature sauce but this really looks good. I gotta try it!


    August 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

  2. Thank for the plug–so glad you like the recipe!! I think this tops canned tomato sauce for sure! Time to make some more!!!

    Year Of Healthier Living

    August 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

    • Girl. This recipe was amazing. No freaking joke. I love it. I’ve smeared it on a spicy shrimp pizza, tossed it with bowtie pasta and veggies, dipped bread in it, and ate it with this baked cheese… OMG so good. You are so cool for sharing this! Thank you!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  3. Mmmm, roasted yummy deliciousness.


    August 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  4. I make my spaghetti sauce from an old family recipe….this looks awesome and will try it:)

    Hot Rod Cowgirl

    August 12, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    • So you’re gonna share that old family recipe, right? 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

      • I will…need to find the old recipe card….it came from my Mom In;Law way back in the 70’s. It is so good that you can just eat it without the pasta:) I never look at the card anymore for directions and amounts….I have made it so long that it is by sight and taste:) It has interesting stuff in it like Worchestire sauce and sugar:)

        Hot Rod Cowgirl

        August 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

  5. hahahahaha you crack me up!!! Tomato red toenail polish LMAO!!! I also love that you thought about the cookie and then ate the cookie lol Sorry about your car!! Old school cars were just made better in my opinion, newer cars can be such a pain and I hate cars in general! I wish I had public transportation so I could get rid of my money guzzler lol Hopefully yours won’t cost you an arm and a leg!!!! So I was nervous about the tomato skins in your sauce until I scrolled down to the deliciousness of the blended persuasion haha OMG I’m such a sucker for farm fresh tomatoes, that’s the only way to go in my mind!!! My Dziadziu also has a boat load of tomatoes from his garden, a girl can only eat so much so I just might have to make me some sauce!!!! YUM!!!!!


    August 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    • When I read Deanna’s recipe I was nervous about the tomato skins, too! But I never even noticed they were there in the finished product. Cars are so stupid and I am so so so fortunate that Chad can fix literally ANYTHING. But the parts are still pricey, and then there’s the time issue, because he already works all the time! Finding the hours to work on the car has been tricky. There is no public transportation out here in the fields and forests of NC. I don’t even think there’s a bus that runs if we drive into town. So we are stuck driving. Borrow some of your grandpa’s tomatoes and work this sauce out!! It’s totally awesome.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

      • I am really thinking about making that sauce!! I’ll go scout out the garden tomorrow for the perfect tomatoes!!! Yay!!! Lucky that Chad is so handy, hopefully he can squeeze it in soon since otherwise you’re stuck in that forest there!! haha


        August 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  6. […] am too lazy to go out and get them haha  If they get all warm and squishy then I’ll make Heather’s Roasted Tomato Sauce (Yum!) […]

  7. I’m still jealous of your VW Beetle and think it would still be second on my lottery win list (an old version of course. Second after a tonne of shoes, naturally). My aunt recently went to Cuba and said that due to the lack of American imported cars there, they still drive and maintain these really old, old cars and she said it’s amazing to see them all driving around in them and that they’re still going. She said they talked with a guy there and he said they didn’t have mechanics, but magicians, because they had to find substitutes for parts they needed or create them from other things etc. It fascinated me. Anyway…tomatoes…

    I have decided that, as movie reviews come with Spoiler Alerts, your blog needs to come with an Oven Alert to warn me that “the following post requires an oven and will make you miss owning one” haha! This one would definitely need one – looks amazing!

    Also, on an entirely unrelated matter – did your bathroom finally get sorted?


    August 13, 2012 at 3:34 am

    • That is so interesting about Cuba!! Wow! I had no idea. I agree. That IS totally fascinating. If it makes you feel better, our Beetle really looks nothing like a Beetle. I love all VW’s – especially the oldies – but ours is completely rearranged into that rail buggy contraption. Chad has to shop for parts at VW specialty stores and it’s all 1964 beetle back to front, but it lacks that beetle shape since it’s really just a frame with wheels. I reeeeeeally want him to buy me an old VW bus.

      So sorry this sauce won’t work in your oven-less life. Could you maybe just get a countertop toaster oven that plugs in? Those things are sort of awesome.

      The bathroom FINALLY got sorted out. It was SUCH a headache. I was just working on a Trailer Trashtastic update! Just gotta find a few to finish and get it posted!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      August 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

      • Would love one of those counter top ovens, but our kitchen is approximately the size of a shoebox so we just can’t fit it in. I don’t miss it as long as I don’t think about it! Like cake…mmm…cake! Haha, who am I kidding, I always miss cake! We need to make a deal that when one of us wins the lottery we buy a VW bus each!


        August 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

      • Deal.

        Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

        August 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

  8. ugh, what a good idea!!!! I’ve made roasted tomato soup before (delish!) but never made roasted tomatoes into a sauce. MMMMMMMM!!! And I like that you just freeze it and can take it out when ready.

    Have you ever tried making cheesy risotto and then putting a roasted tomato on top of each serving? A friend prepared dinner for Ron and I one evening and served that as a meal, and it was SO good!


    August 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

  9. I’m going to make some! I have this desire to have some roasted tomato soup now with a cream base and I just might make the chesiet grill cheese with it! Thanks my bff!

    Tara Quinones

    August 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

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