Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce

How do you feel about your freezer?  Mine has become a close friend, (particularly since becoming a parent), the advantage of having a nicely stocked freezer makes for great mid-week meals and much less stress on top of already hectic lives.

 Roasted tomato an garlic sauce

Tomato sauce is always a winner, and if you like it, you'll definitely enjoy it homemade.  In many ways it's cooking like this that pleases me the most, just yummy and easy everyday eats.  Scratch that. Cooking like this is the best!  The reason why is simple, the convenience factor.  I'm a food lover, I enjoy cooking, and I love to be creative in the kitchen.  Let's be real for a minute though people, I'm mum to a toddler and work freelance from home; I have all the regular chores and responsibilities of everyday life. However much I'd like to be a domestic goddess, the reality is a bit more ordinary.

 Ingredients for roasted tomato and garlic sauce

Nothing wrong with that though, my point is, we don't need to reach the unreachable peaks of perfection, with a little planning and some tremendously easy make-ahead items, eating well isn't a huge task.

So here goes with a very throw-it-together roasted tomato and garlic sauce that not only saves my neck every now and then, it's also is pretty fantastic.

 roasted tomato and garlic sauce

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Sauce




  • A selection of tomatoes (3 large beef tomatoes, 4 medium vine, 6 cherry)
  • 1 medium onion (white or red) roughly chopped
  • 2-4 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 pint of water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, oregano or mixed herbs
  • seasoning
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling


  1. Preheat the oven to 120c.
  2. Chop all the tomatoes and the onion to equal sizes, peel and smash the garlic and place in a baking tin with the water, oil and herbs, add a little seasoning.
  3. Leave to roast for at least 3 hours, stir every 30 mins if you can. If the mixture is drying out, add more water.
  4. Once all the ingredients are cooked and broken down, remove from the oven, leave to cool a little, then blend.
  5. Add seasoning to taste and pour over cooked pasta, drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.
 roasted tomato and garlic sauce

My notes and tips

This recipe is straightforward, I have estimated it serves six but dependant on the size of the tomatoes and onions, or even your portion size it may go further.  I've been quite vague about garlic as it's a personal preference, I like lots. 

The same mixture can be used as a base for a thicker tomato sauce/salsa for chips or relish for sandwiches. Take a cup full of the cooked sauce and reduce it down in a pan on the hob until it's thickened to a more Tommy K consistency.  

You could also add some bell peppers or chillies. Just add them to the roasting mix.

I use a couple of tablespoons heated in a pan with a tin of haricot beans for the most delicious beans in tomato sauce. Big thumbs up from my toddler (and my husband).  I'll be sharing those on a blog post very soon.;-)

 roasted tomato and garlic sauce over pasta with feta and peas

A simple and versatile sauce, which truly delivers excellent flavour. I like it best just over pasta with some peas and feta cheese (as pictured). Equally some cooked bacon would work well for a meaty hit. 

I'm all for freezer-friendly recipes, watch out for more on the blog. I'd love to hear some of yours. Comment below or get in touch on social.


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