Make your own homemade roasted tomato sauce using fresh, juicy tomatoes from the garden! Roast your tomatoes and puree them with garlic cloves, olive oil, and fresh basil.
Make Your Own Roasted Tomato Sauce!
Are you ready to learn how to make tomato sauce? This homemade roasted tomato sauce recipe is bursting with flavor from freshly roasted tomatoes and combines garlic cloves, olive oil, and fresh basil for the most delicious tomato sauce.
I absolutely love serving this tomato sauce from scratch on top of pasta and in other Italian-inspired dishes such as chicken parmesan because it’s freshly made and so easy to make!
This tomato sauce is similar to our homemade marinara sauce, but instead of using canned tomatoes, we’re using fresh!
The most delicious homemade marinara sauce is ready in no time and is made with simple ingredients such as chunky tomato sauce, onion, and garlic.
What is tomato sauce?
Tomato sauce is a tomato-based sauce consisting of cooked-down tomatoes, salt, and other flavors. It’s commonly used in different pasta dishes and is the base of many Mexican dishes.
What kind of tomatoes do you need for homemade tomato sauce?
In order to make homemade tomato sauce, you can technically use any kind of tomato you have on hand, however, we recommend a medium to large tomato because they’re much easier to peel than cherry tomatoes.
Recommended Kitchen Tools
While we used a food processor for this sauce, you can also use a high-speed blender! Here are the kitchen tools we recommend.
What You Need for Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
All you need are a few fresh ingredients (7 to be exact!) and you’re on your way to heaven in a jar!
- tomatoes: we recommend using medium to large tomatoes because they will ultimately be easiest to peel. However, you can use any kind of tomato.
- olive oil: olive oil is such a wonderful flavor. It’s used to help break the tomatoes down in the oven.
- garlic cloves: roasted garlic is one of our favorite things. The flavor is wonderful and you don’t want to skip this!
- salt and pepper: you’ll note in this recipe that we’re leaving the salt and pepper up to you. This is because we know everyone has a different palate. Salt in steps and don’t forget to taste test!
- fresh basil: the fresh basil really makes this recipe. We left ours in larger chunks so you can really get a burst of flavor, but you’re more than welcome to puree it further.
- apple cider vinegar: apple cider vinegar is our secret ingredient. It’s going to help bring out all of these delicious flavors and make them pop!
If you use smaller tomatoes, your bake time will need to adjust.
Roasting Tomatoes for Sauce
Step 1: Oil & Roast Tomatoes
First, begin by prepping your tomatoes. Slice them in half and then transfer them to a baking sheet.
Drizzle your fresh tomatoes with a generous amount of olive oil and season with salt. Then, roast them on a baking sheet at 400ºF for around 30 minutes before you add the garlic cloves. Bake for another 20-30 minutes or until tomatoes reduce in size and begin to brown.
Step 2: Peel Tomatoes
Let tomatoes cool ever so slightly so you can peel the skins right off without burning your hands. The skin should come right off of the meat. Discard the skin.
Do you have to peel tomatoes before making sauce?
You don’t necessarily HAVE to peel your tomatoes, but we don’t recommend skipping this step. By peeling your tomatoes, you’re making sure to have a smooth consistency. After roasting the skins can shrivel and become hard.
Step 3: Blend
Place everything from the baking sheet into a high-speed food processor or blender (like a Vitamix) and blend until smooth. Then, add in the fresh basil and pulse until it’s broken up into smaller chunks.
Optional sweetener: This recipe calls for no added sugar, but adding a little bit of maple syrup (a few teaspoons) will really bring out all of the amazing flavors of the tomatoes. The option is yours!
Step 4: Serve or Jar
We suggest serving this marinara sauce immediately, but you can also transfer it into a mason jar or glass container for later!
How much sauce does this recipe make?
This tomato sauce recipe yields around 3 cups. So, plan accordingly if you’re meal prepping this for later in the week!
Recipes to Use this Tomato Sauce In
While you can keep things simple and serve this on top of spaghetti, you can also use this homemade tomato sauce recipe in countless other recipes!
- Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
- Healthy Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake
- Crock Pot Lasagna
- Easy Grilled Sweet Potato Pizza
- 30-Minute Sausage Pizza Pasta
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Italian Meatballs
- Sweet Potato Pizza Bites
- Naked Spinach Quinoa Lasagna Casserole
This sauce will stay good in the fridge for around 4 days. Remember, there aren’t any additives/preservatives and this recipe is 100% fresh. That’s why the shelf life isn’t super long.
- Let sauce cool completely.
- Then, transfer the tomato sauce into an airtight container.
- Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
Roasted Tomato Sauce
- Preheat oven to 400ºF and lightly spray a baking sheet or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Prep tomatoes by washing, patting dry, and cutting in half. Then, place on baking sheet face up and drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Roast at 400ºF for about 30 minutes. Then, add cloves of garlic to the pan and place back in the oven for 20-30 more minutes or until the tomatoes begin to brown. Be careful that the garlic doesn't burn.
- Let tomatoes sit for around 5 minutes and then peel the skin off of them and discard.
- Place roasted tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and apple cider vinegar into a high-speed food processor or blender (like a Vitamix) and process until smooth.
- Once smooth, do a taste test and add more salt and pepper to taste.
- Store in a mason jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days OR serve immediately.
Tips & Notes
- Feel free to omit the basil if you’re hoping for a more basic tomato sauce recipe.
- We kept the basil in bigger chunks because it’s more flavorful that way, but you have the option to puree everything.
- Yields: ~3 cups
So easy and delicious. Never thought to do this before but will again and again!
I didn’t skin the toms but it’s still good!!
I made this last summer and froze it in Mason jars; just used the last of it and will be making more this weekend. It’s a great recipe, super easy and super yummy!
I need to make sure to do that this year with all my crazy tomatoes!
Delicious! My girlfriend used this recipe and loved it. Great fresh ingredients. With all the tomatoes coming in at the same time, this is a great way to have an easy, fabulous recipe.
Still no freezing update?
We’ve had great success with making batches during tomato season and freezing in zip-locks for use throughout the winter. Cool first, then portion and bag.
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This was a good sauce. The hardest part of the recipe was skinning the tomatoes. They were hard to skin. Is there an easier way to remove the skins.
Since you’re going to puree it, don’t skin rhem. It tastes done without skinning.
Made this tonight super easy receipe with great tastes I added a roasted red pepper to mine and it was so good
I have never tried to do my own sauce. We are buying the crashed tomatoes in a jar, add some oregano and garlic. I will try this marinara this weekend!
I was also wondering about freezing. This would be great to make during the summer, when you can get fresh tomatoes.
Curious about canning/freezing also! looks like a delicious recipe!
Do you have to peel them?
Wouldn’t it add more health benefit to leave the peel on?
You don’t HAVE to peel them, but the skin is a lot tougher than the rest of the tomatoes!
This looks so amazing. I really must start making homemade marinara sauce. It looks easy enough to make and I love feeding my family without all those nasty additives we get in store-bought sauces.
Yas! Your fam would love this <3
I love this recipe and your food photography is amazing – as always.
I’ve never understood sugar is in so many sauces, particular marinara. It seems such an odd choice and personally, I’ve found that it makes the flavor worse, not better.
Thank you Vince! I agree with you, this marinara is so simple and delicious without sugar!
1000% here for this!! Good gracious you WIN with this marinara sauce!!
It looks simple and healthy. Thanks for the recipe!
Canning or freezing would love to know also. THANKS
This looks so simple and delish. Could this be turned into a canning recipe to extend the life?
We are working on it!
This actually looks amazing, and really simple to make. I’m also wondering about extending the “shelf life”, so if that freezing tactic works out, I definitely want to know. 🙂
I second the freezing question. I’m assuming it will freeze just fine.
My basil plant is gigantic right now…definitely will be using it for this recipe! Do you think this would free well if I wanted to extend the shelf life?
Hi!!!! We haven’t tried freezing yet, but plan to soon. We will report back when we do!
I actually just roasted and froze tomatoes this morning. I think if you freeze just the tomatoes and then puree it into sauce when you’re ready it would taste fine and be fresh. Thoughts?
Yes! That would totally work!