Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce


I’ve always been kind of intimidated by homemade tomato sauce. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a super complicated process and take loads of crazy ingredients. Who knows where I got that idea in my brain???

It took me years to finally start experimenting and I quickly realized how wrong I was.


Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce


I absolutely LOVE roasting tomatoes, so I finally came up with this brilliant idea to turn them into a sauce. Again, who know why it took me this long to put two and two together! Just the sound of them bubbling in the oven gets my mouth-watering!

When you roast tomatoes, their flavor deepens and becomes this rich, bold bite of amazingness. I blended them together with some fresh basil, roasted garlic, salt, and pepper to create a simple, get scrumptious sauce. We like a little spice in our sauce, so I added some red chili flakes right at the end to give it that extra kick. Totally worth it, if you ask me. And that’s it! All you need are a few ingredients, your oven, and a good food processor to get the job done. Not so scary after all!


Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce


So there you have it. Fresh, flavorful, and super easy tomato sauce that will definitely make you think twice before opening another store-bought jar. I’m already planning to go wild this summer when tomatoes are cheap and plentiful and freeze a boatload of this homemade sauce. When it’s this easy, why not?!

Do you make your own tomato sauce? What does your favorite recipe look like?


Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

Serves 6-8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Main Dish


  • 8 campari tomatoes (Roma tomatoes would work as well, but may need more time to roast)
  • 5 large cloves of garlic, whole
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or Wegman's Basting Oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • optional: sprinkle of red chili flakes


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice tomatoes in half and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place garlic cloves next to tomatoes on baking sheet. Drizzle the tomatoes and garlic with olive or basting oil, then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until tomatoes are bubbling and juicy.
Step 2
When tomatoes are done, pour the baking sheet into a food processor or high-speed blender. Add basil leaves and a little more salt and pepper. Blend on high-speed until all ingredients are processed and a thin sauce is made.
Step 3
If you want to add a little spicy to your sauce, sprinkle with red chili flakes and stir them in by hand. I don't like to process red chili flakes into my sauce because it makes it a little too spicy for my liking. Enjoy!


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. I’m going to have to try this. I’m always looking for a sauce with little to no added sugar! And I love roasting tomatoes, too… I never tried it until reading your blog . ; )

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