Food – Roasted Heirloom Tomato Sauce


Looking at my photos from Italy got me thinking about the simplicity of good, fresh, local ingredients.tomato

Many of the farmers markets are open until the end of October so you can pick up a nice selection of fresh tomatoes.

This is a quick, easy, and delicious basic tomato sauce that can be dressed up with spices and herbs for pasta, stews and pizzas.  Although the recipe calls for heirloom, you can use any kind of tomatoes you like – it will make an array of prettily colored sauces.


  • 4lbs tomatoes quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • ¼ cup of fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 teaspoons smoked Pimenton
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
  • Selection of sterilized jars with tight fitting lids

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large ceramic baking dish and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, stirring half way through.
  3. Remove from the oven and take out the bay leaves. Rest the tomatoes for 10 minutes.
  4. Reduce the oven heat to 250°F.
  5. Place the tomato mixture in the blender and working in batches, turning the tomatoes either either smooth or slightly chunky depending on your preference.
  6. Pour the sauce into the prepared sterilized jars leaving a ¼” space and screw the lids on. Tap the jars on the counter top to get rid of air pockets and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Place in the oven for 30 minutes to seal.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. You will hear a pinging sound as each lid seals. Check to make sure that the center of the lid is concaved. (If a jar does not seal store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.)
  8. Label and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Aikman-Smith for