Simply Delicious Roasted Tomato Sauce

This easy-to-prepare basic tomato sauce tastes perfect over pasta or with baked chicken.

by Dani Yokhna
Simply Delcious Roasted Tomato Sauce. Photo courtesy Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock (
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Tasty Tomatoes

Also try Simply Delicious Roasted Tomato Sauce as a base for more complex sauces.

Yield: 4 servings


  • 16 plum or Roma tomatoes
  • 4 T. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 to 8 anchovies, chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 T. tomato paste
  • 8 basil leaves
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise, and scoop out insides. Place tomatoes on greased baking tray, cut side up.

In medium-sized bowl, mix olive oil, onion, anchovies and garlic, and spoon mixture into tomato halves. Set oven to broil, and cook tomatoes for approximately 20 minutes or until they start to soften and turn brown. Remove tomatoes from oven, and let cool.

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Once cooled, purée tomatoes in blender with tomato paste, basil and pepper. Place mixture in medium-sized pot, and heat for 2 minutes. Serve tomato sauce over pasta, with light sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Excerpt from Tasty Tomatoes, part of the Popular Gardening Series, with permission from its publisher, BowTie, Inc. Purchase Tasty Tomatoes here.


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