Easy, delicious and versatile

One of the easiest things to make, which tastes so amazing, is homemade tomato sauce. I have almost broken the habit of ever buying canned tomato sauce or stewed tomatoes, in favour of roasting the tomatoes myself.

I actually discovered this while on Weight Watchers a few years ago. A roasted tomato sauce has zero points, so it seemed the ideal thing to me – make something that tastes delicious and use it across a variety of foods and in recipes.

It is ideal as a pizza sauce, over pasta or spaghetti squash doubling as pasta, and I have used the tomatoes to double as stewed tomatoes in recipes. Last weekend I made a big batch and used some tomatoes and some sauce in a homemade lasagna recipe in place of canned tomatoes and tomato paste. I have also made homemade tomato soup with it.

The flavour blows anything in a can out of the water. And you can control the taste, particularly the addition of salt, the overuse of which is a pet peeve of mine in so many processed and even restaurant foods. I freeze any I have left over, and we have poured it over things as varied as cabbage rolls.

Roma tomatoes seem to be best for this concoction. I do not have exact measurements, so bear with me. As mentioned, any extras can be frozen.

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After spraying a pan or lightly oiling my Pampered Chef bar pan, I quarter 10-15 Roma tomatoes and lay them on the pan with the seed side up. I also quarter an onion, a pepper, and because I like some added zip, part of a jalapeno pepper.

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I then drizzle balsamic vinegar and minced garlic over all pieces, fresh ground pepper, and a small amount of ground sea salt. This goes into a 375-degree oven for 45-55 minutes. The tomatoes are done when they are lightly browned and smell great.

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When done, cut a few tomatoes up if your recipe requires canned tomatoes. Otherwise, put all tomatoes, the peppers and the onion in a blender and blend it to your desired consistency. Voila, an amazingly tasty, versatile and easy addition to many recipes!

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Let me know how you use this!

Roasted Tomato Sauce

  • 10-15 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 red, green or yellow pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • half a jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. lightly spray a cookie or baking sheet with cooking spray (I used my Pampered Chef bar pan, which I brush lightly with olive oil)
  2. quarter the tomatoes and onion and place on the sheet, cut side up
  3. cut the pepper and jalapeno pepper into large slices and place on the sheet
  4. crush the garlic cloves and sprinkle over the tomatoes
  5. drizzle balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes
  6. bake in a 375 degree oven for 45-55 minutes, until lightly browned
  7. put everything in a food processor or blender and mix until desired consistency – leave it a bit chunky

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