This sauce provides a beautiful depth of flavour which negates the need for tomato paste to create a rich flavoured tomato based sauce perfect for pasta, bolognese and lasagne
For months I was replacing tinned tomatoes and tomato paste with fresh blended tomatoes – and I wasn’t getting the consistency nor the depth of flavour that I used to get from the tinned varieties.
Roasting tomatoes does 2 things – firstly it removes excess moisture which may cause your sauces to split. Secondly it sweetens and condenses the texture of the tomatoes and creates a delicious, rich flavour that can be used quite nicely on its own, or as a base for other tomato based dishes.
Another reason why it’s great? It’s BUDGET FRIENDLY – I usually pick up a box of the slightly misshapen tomatoes from farmer’s markets from anywhere between 8-15 bucks, and it makes LOTS of sauce (at a guess I’d say 1 box makes about 10L sauce)
I am the tomato sauce Queeeeeen
Each quantity of this recipe makes about 1L of sauce – it’s hard to measure because it will vary on the type of tomatoes you use – but suffice to say if you’re buying in bulk it will be more than enough sauce!.
For each tray of tomatoes:
- Approx 10-15 tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 bunch thyme, or a few Tbsp dried Italian Herbs
- 1/2 bulb garlic – left with skin on
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp salt
- Preheat oven to 150’C
- Place tomatoes evenly onto a baking tray (I use reusable baking sheets)
- Sprinkle remaining ingredients onto tomatoes – place bulb of garlic in the middle
- Bake for approx 1 hour until tomatoes lose some of their moisture and dry slightly
- Leave to cool – once cool squeeze or peel garlic. You will end up with deliciously sweet roasted cloves of garlic.
- Place everything into a blender, including any residual juice on the tray – blitz until smooth
- Place into containers or jars to freeze, or use within 5 days from the fridge
**NB if you want to make shelf stable tomato sauce, you will have to boil the sauce then use a bottling process (ie. creating a vacuum seal with sterilized glass jars)