This roasted tomato pasta sauce is perfect with fresh tomatoes from your garden. It is so delicious you won’t buy jar sauce again and best of all it’s easy! It just takes minutes to prepare and the flavor is rich and delicious. Use over pasta, zoodles, pizza, chicken or fish. It’s low carb too with just 4.3g net carbs per ½ cup of sauce.
You might also like this fresh bruschetta salad!
So today I had 4 fresh vine tomatoes just hanging out on my kitchen counter. When suddenly I remembered a cooking show I saw recently at the gym. (Yes I know watching cooking shows while working out is rather ridiculous.)
Anyway, I remember it seemed simple and it looked delicious so I decided to just make my own version of roasted tomato pasta sauce. The basis of this recipe is to roast all the ingredients. The roasting process is very easy and adds even more flavor then if you made it on the stove.
Let me tell you this marinara sauce will be a regular at my house this summer when we are bombarded with ripe summer tomatoes. The roasted garlic and spices add delicious flavor and there is a natural sweetness so you don’t need to add any sugar.
Best of all for me is that it’s low carb too with only 4.3g net carbs per ½ cup!
Recipe ingredients I used.
This is such an easy homemade marinara sauce recipe using simple ingredients but creates delicious results. I used only fresh ripe tomatoes, fresh garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper and olive oil.
I bought everything from Aldi as you can see below. However if I had even better extra virgin olive oil I would have used that. And when we get fresh garden tomatoes I will use those.
Also I usually make this with Roma tomatoes as they seem to have less seeds and water. But it will work with whatever variety you have.
Just know that you are keeping the tomato skins on so grape or cherry tomatoes would give you more skins so they might not be a good idea.
How I make oven roasted tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes.
You need a few ripe tomatoes. This is great when you are bombarded with fresh juicy tomatoes from the garden but you can also use ones from the store like I did today. Preparing this recipe takes only minutes because of the roasting process.
Step 1: Spray a rimmed baking sheet or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Then cut the tomatoes into quarters and add to a baking sheet.
You can also do this in a large bowl but it’s just as easy to do this all on the baking sheet and then there is less to clean.
Step 2: Add a few cloves of garlic and drizzle the olive oil overtop. Season with salt and pepper and the Italian seasonings. Mix them well to make sure the oil and spices covers everything.
Step 3: Roast them in a 375° oven for about an hour and they should look golden brown like this. Cooking times may vary so keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.
Step 4: Next mash them a bit with a potato masher or hand immersion blender and voila! You have roasted tomato sauce. The texture is more of a chunkier sauce. Note you can use a food processor or high speed blender for a smooth sauce but it tends to add air and give it a funny pink color to me.
Step 5: Store in an airtight container or mason jar and use within a few days. This recipe made roughly 1 ½ cups of flavorful sauce. You can add a little heat with hot pepper flakes or use fresh herbs if you wish too. Please scroll down to view and print the recipe card.
If you want to freeze this sauce, place in freezer bags and store flat. But remember this recipe just makes 1 ½ cups of sauce.
What to use with this homemade tomato sauce recipe.
You can use this fresh tomato sauce on pizza, spaghetti squash and with your favorite pasta recipes. Or you can use it to top chicken fish or meat. I used it on a fried chicken patty I had in the freezer to make a quick chicken parmesan sandwich for my hubby.
It’s also a delicious sauce for dipping with finger foods like fried zucchini, cheese sticks or just with a piece of bread.
Lastly you can make it more of a creamy sauce by adding a little heavy cream and maybe a bit of grated parmesan cheese at the end when you puree it for more of a rich flavor. However it really has so much flavor on its own.
Other recipes that use fresh tomatoes from the garden.
I love this because it’s really easy, delicious and the perfect way to enjoy fresh garden tomatoes. For more delicious garden tomato recipes check out these recipes!
I hope you give this roasted tomato sauce a try as it has such amazing flavors . Especially in the summer if you can your hands on some fresh garden tomatoes. It’s my favorite recipe to use them with.
This is such a simple recipe that you can add your own touch with fresh basil leaves or other herbs. You can also add some hot pepper flakes for heat, roasted onion or a little fresh parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
The nutritional information for ½ cup of sauce is 116 calories
10.4g fat / 5.8g carbs / 1.5g fiber / 1.3g protein = 4.3g net carbs
- 4 tomatoes, washed and quartered
- 3-4 cloves garlic, whole
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Get out a rimmed baking tray and spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Get out a large mixing bowl. Quarter tomatoes and add to the the bowl. Toss with olive oil, garlic cloves, salt and black pepper and Italian seasoning. You can also skip the bowl and do this all on a baking sheet and have less dishes to clean.
- Spread the tomato mixture evenly over the tray.
- Place baking sheet in the oven and roast for 1 hour. Check towards the end to make sure they are roasting and not burning. Cooking time may vary.
- Take out of oven and mash with a potato masher or hand blender. Store leftovers in an air tight container.
The nutritional information for ½ cup of sauce is 116 calories / 10.4g fat / 5.8g carbs / 1.5g fiber / 1.3g protein = 4.3g net carbs
Add your own spin on this basic recipe with fresh basil, fresh thyme, etc. You can add hot pepper flakes for heat, roasted onion or even add some fresh grated parmesan cheese for more flavor.
Use this marinara on pasta, spaghetti squash and pizza. Top chicken fish or meat or use as a dipping sauce for fried zucchini, cheese sticks or with a piece of crusty bread.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Cholesterol: 0mg