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Easy, Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

This recipe for Easy Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce makes a delicious sauce. It’s perfect for serving over noodles, turning into soup, or using in any recipe that calls for canned tomato sauce. You’ll love how easy it is to make your own roasted tomato sauce!

This easy homemade roasted tomato sauce is perfect on pasta and in soups. It only uses a few ingredients and is a pretty hands off way to make a fabulous tomato sauce.

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I first shared this post in 2012 and it’s been a popular post. I make this recipe a lot during the gardening season, so it’s high time I updated it with more specific cooking instructions and beautiful photography. Enjoy this “new post.”

Easy Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

I love to can tomatoes, but it takes an awful lot to make canning worthwhile, in my opinion. So, when I have too many tomatoes to eat, but not enough to can, I make this recipe. It’s also a great recipe to preserve though, so sometimes I make it even when I have tomatoes coming out the ear! I just turned an almost full 5 gallon bucket into this recipe. It made enough sauce for 2 meals and 6 quarts for my freezer. Perfection.

ingredients for homemade roasted tomato sauce

One thing I love about this recipe is it uses produce I generally have an abundance of in my garden: fresh basil, paste tomatoes, and garlic. In addition to those three main ingredients, you only need pantry items to make a fabulous sauce. High quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. That’s all you need to make this easy homemade roasted tomato sauce.

roasted tomato sauce

You can use whatever tomatoes you want, but a good quality paste tomato works best in the sauce because they aren’t as watery. To make this sauce, simply halve or quarter your tomatoes (cut off bad spots and take out the stem – I just cut off the top of the tomato). Put everything on a high rimmed baking sheet or in a 9×13 in pan. You don’t want to end up with a mess in your oven! Bake for 1 hour at 425.

process roasted tomato sauce in the vitamix

Let the tomatoes cool for 15 minutes, and then process in your blender. I love my Vitamix! If you love smoothies and making your own soups and sauces, I highly recommend the Vitamix.

Yields 4 quarts sauce

Serves 8 ounce jars


Easy, Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

Delicious roasted tomato sauce perfect for freezer or using up excess garden tomatoes.

10 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 10 cups Fresh tomatoes, preferably Romas, but cherry tomatoes work too. Halved or quartered.
  • 5-6 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup high quality EVOO
  • Drizzle of Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp REAL salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash tomatoes and cut them in half (or quarters for large tomatoes) - leave cherry tomatoes whole.
  3. Put tomatoes in a 9x13 baking dish or a high rimmed cookie sheet.
  4. Peel garlic cloves and place them whole on the tomatoes.
  5. Add fresh basil, salt & pepper, oil & vinegar.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. After they have roasted, let the tomatoes cool a bit.
  8. Put them in a blender and pulse a few times until combined.
  9. Season with more salt & pepper to taste.
  10. Enjoy on your favorite pasta.

finished roasted tomato sauce

This sauce results in a rich, creamy pasta sauce. It’s awesome as a quick, meatless lunch, or great to use as a base for any sauce. It also makes a fabulous roasted tomato soup! After we’ve eaten a serving, I put the leftovers in glass canning jars and freeze for another day!

Do you make roasted tomato sauce? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

What can you make with Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce?

Lasagna Soup, Delicious One Pot Soup

Make Ahead Lasagna with Cottage Cheese & Hidden Veggies

This easy homemade roasted tomato sauce is a perfect recipe. It's a great way to use up extra tomatoes you may have and is delicious on pasta and in soups!


  1. I pin this for future dinners. I also don't have enough to can thanks to the deer. But I do have enough for this thanks.
  2. I've never made a "roasted" tomato sauce and it sounds wonderful! Roasted anything is better than the raw! :) Beautiful sauce and I'm sure absolutely delicious!
  3. I pressure canned for the first time ever last week. Easy-peasy!! Take the leap- if you know how to safely water bath can, you can safely pressure can.
      • It's actually not a safe recipe to pressure can. I researched this topic quite a lot in the past years, and you have to follow an approved recipe like one you'd find in the Ball Canning Book if you want to safely can sauce. :-)
        • I have safely water bath canned and pressure canned my own sauces for years with no problem, as my family has done for over 100 years. You really just need to be educated in basic canning procedures in terms of high and low acid foods.
  4. Tomatoes and tomato sauce can be canned in a waterbath canner as they have enough acid in them to be safe. Just be sure to add lemon juice (2-3 Tablespoons per quart) to each jar before placing lid and adding to your canner. Pressure canning is not hard once you get past the first-time fear. Pressure canners today are very safe. I actually enjoy pressure canning more than waterbath canning, and love putting up soups for the fall and winter.
    • I do a lot of waterbath canning, but rarely pressure canning. I need to bite the bullet and give it a shot. My MIL gave me a pressure canner not too long ago. Maybe I'll whip it out this week!
      • If you use a waterbath canner, add 2-3 tbs lemon juice concentrate to each quart and process for at least 45, more then higher over sea level you are, I believe! Good luck. I froze mine in glass quart jars and it worked well!

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