Have you looked at the ingredients in a jar of commercial processed tomato sauce lately?
All food that is processed has preservatives added to it to keep a long shelf life, and let’s not forget that most jarred tomato sauces are also heavy-handed with unnecessary amounts of sugar, salt and oils. Call me crazy but I just do not see the point of adding sugar to a tomato sauce? One also has to consider whether the ingredients used are sprayed with chemicals/pesticides and are in fact Genetically Modified Organisms -GMO’s.
That is a lot to consider for one little small jar of supermarket bought tomato sauce?
Thankfully, as we love tomatoes, my husband grows a lot of lot of them during the Summer Months. We eat as many as we can as they grow, but we do always have an abundance. Not wanting them to go to waste we like to can some for the winter months, and make our own tomato sauces. We do a few different varieties of sauces and the one I am highlighting today is Roasted Tomato.
It is so nice to always have fresh made tomato sauce in the refrigerator, especially made from ingredients which we know to be safe in quantity and quality.
What You Need
- 12 San Marzano Tomatoes (cut in half long ways)
- 3 Beefsteak Tomatoes (cut in to pieces of similar size to the San Marzano tomatoes)
- Full Head of Garlic (peeled of skin)
- 2 Sprigs of Oregano (remove leaves from stem)
- 3 Small White Onions (cut lengthways into thin slices)
- A quarter of cup of Olive Oil
- Sea Salt to taste
What To Do
- Preheat over to 450 F
- Line a cooking tray with the Olive Oil
- Place sliced Onion circles in bottom of tray
- Place tomatoes on top of Onions face down
- Add Garlic, Oregano and Sea Salt
- Cover with aluminium foil and bake in over for 30 minutes
- Remove aluminium foil and bake in oven for another 30 minutes
- Remove from heat
- Mix ingredients in blender under almost pureed
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and the bright red super antioxidant Lycopene. Lycopene can reduce the risk of certain cancers, lower the risk of heart disease, LDL (bad cholesterol) and macular degenerative disease; among many other things. Long story Short consuming a lot of tomatoes in your diet is a very good idea!
Not only is this tomato sauce delicious on pasta, but I like to have it on grilled vegetables and veggie burgers, as an addition to salads, mixed in like a risotto with rice, farro or quinoa, as a salsa dip for chips, or just on its own more like a thick soup.
This is literally so easy to do, and tastes amazing. There is nothing like a homemade roasted tomato sauce, especially when most of the ingredients came from your own garden. It is such a good feeling!
Please enjoy, and don’t forget that you can also freeze for up to 4 months if you have leftovers.
What about you, do you have any other creative uses for tomato sauce?
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