With the cold weather starting to set in it’s time to harvest the last of the many, many tomatoes from the garden, or in this case our neighbors garden. Our neighbor is this very sweet elderly man who lives alone and told us to treat his tomato plants as our own and come pick them whenever we wanted. So we did just that! I decided since there were so many, and I needed to use them before they went bad, I would make some tomato sauce. I decided to go the roasted route because it just brings out such a delicious smoky flavor. It turned out so delicious and it is so simple!
- 16 fresh tomatoes (really any kind will work)
- 1 large yellow onion
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- olive oil
Preheat your oven to 375. Slice all your tomatoes in halves and line them cut side down in a large baking dish. I used this one here , but just make sure its a baking dish with actual sides all around and not just a baking sheet. The tomatoes will release a lot of moisture so you need a deeper dish. Next cut up your onion into quarters and spread around on top of the tomatoes. Peel all your garlic cloves and add them to the baking dish whole. Drizzle olive oil over all the tomatoes, onion and garlic and sprinkle with a good dose of salt and a lot of black pepper. Put them in the oven and roast for 1 hour!
After an hour there should be some blackening on the skins of the tomatoes (adds so much flavor!) and they are ready to take out of the oven. I usually let them cool for about 5 minutes and then I scoop out all the tomatoes, onions and every last piece of garlic (!!) and put it all in my food processor. Add in the fresh basil, and salt and pepper to taste, blend it until it is smooth and creamy and voila! Delicious, flavorful, simple roasted tomato sauce. Freeze it for later or have it right away with spaghetti and cheesy garlic bread (recipe coming soon!)… A delicious cozy autumn meal I’m sure you’ll enjoy!