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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.

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 smoke oil like avocado 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.

finished roasted tomato sauce

Easy, Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce

Homemade roasted tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 10 cups fresh tomatoes, quartered. Preferably Romas, but cherry tomatoes and big tomatoes cut into smaller pieces work well too.
  • 3-4 TBS high heat oil like Avocado oil
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • Garlic to taste, 5-6 cloves
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp reshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash tomatoes and cut them in half (or quarters for large tomatoes) - leave cherry tomatoes whole.

Put tomatoes on a cookie sheet.

Peel garlic cloves and place them whole on the tomatoes.

Tear fresh basil into small pieces, add to the cookie sheet.

Add salt & pepper.

Drizzle oil and vinegar over everything.

Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

After they have roasted, let the tomatoes cool a bit.

Put them in a blender and blend until smooth.

Season with more salt & pepper to taste.

Enjoy on your favorite pasta.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 204mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

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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!


Wednesday 26th of October 2022

LOVED this easy sauce!!!! Wish I had found recipe earlier in the tomato season!!!!


Wednesday 28th of September 2022

It's super good! I've done this recipe a couple times now. Once with balsamic ,once with red wine vinegar and I honestly like the Redwine vinegar better. I had quite a bit of left over liquid in NY pan but it tasted so delicious that I just froze it to use as tomatoe broth in soups or whatever. Very delicious and a nice alternative to canning.


Monday 19th of September 2022

I've been canning tomato sauce all week. Wish I had seen this earlier. I had some stragglers and decided to do this today. 9x13 glass dish made an awesomely rich thick sauce. I added some if my canned tomato sauce to it and some meatballs and dinner is served... thank you for sharing your recipe


Thursday 15th of September 2022

When freezing, do you put the sauce up in zip locks? And how long is it good for in the freezer?


Sunday 11th of September 2022

I've roasted tomatoes to eat on crostini with some brie. I've also used it on my focaccia. Never thought of making a roasted tomato sauce. I just canned 32 jars of plain tomato sauce, not pasta sauce. I think I'm going to try this with my remaining tomatoes. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

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