Roasted tomato sauce

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Serves: 4

By NYmomma



  • 1 pinch salt and pepper

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 pinch sugar

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 6-8 plum tomatoes (or enough to fit snugly side-by-side into a medium sized roasting dish)

  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C, and arrange the plum tomatoes in an oven-proof dish so they're snug.
  2. Pour over a glug of olive oil so it coats the bottom of the dish.
  3. Peel, smash and chop two garlic cloves and scatter them around the tomatoes. Add a dash of vinegar over the top, salt and pepper and a smidge of sugar. Then pop in the oven.
  4. Allow the tomatoes to soften, for about a half-hour, and then use a potato masher to mash the tomatoes so they start to come together as a sauce.
  5. Put the sauce back in the oven and cook until the desired consistency. At a high temperature, this can take 45 minutes to an hour. At a lower temp, it'll take longer.

Handy Hint

Try mixing in meatballs, prawns or roasted eggplant or any other veg for variety. You can also let the sauce cook down so it's a topping for bread instead of a sauce-but just as delicious.

Additional Information

  • sauce

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • tomato

  • Low fat

  • Vegetarian

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • NYmomma 06/12/11 20:15

    Let me clarify the quantity of plum tomatoes needed: It depends on the size of your oven-proof bowl/dish. You want the tomatoes to fit snugly, so if you're using a medium-sized dish, it'll probably need 6-8 tomatoes. You want to try to cram in as many as will fit, but they should be side by side--not on top of each other.

  • NYmomma 01/12/11 14:17

    My mother was a reluctant week-day cook who didn't involve any of her children in her dinner-time process. Now that we're all out of the house, she only cooks for holidays. This roasted tomato sauce recipe is one that I'll pass down to my children, though by the time they leave the house they'll be able to make it with their eyes closed. My five-year-old daughter always helps me with this recipe, especially the "secret" sugar ingredient, which of course she gets a taste of before she adds it to the tomatoes.