Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe - Home Made & Oven Roasted
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Home Made Tomato Sauce - quick & easy. 

Just like nonna made it.

There is no feeling quite like eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine.

As summer lengthens there are certain ingredients just reaching their peak.

The last tomatoes picked can often times be the best - since they start growing in midsummer, these later season fruits  have been "sun drenched" which boosts their flavor.

If your late season tomato crop is abundant........

And unsure what to do with all this copious, fresh and delicious fruit  - or vegetable, depending on who you ask! 

EASY-TOMATO-SAUCE-RECIPE

This is a single tomato plant, growing on a trellis.

Did you catch that?

A. Single. Plant.

Maybe your tomato crop isn't quite so abundant as this!

However even if your tomato haul is a fraction, there is always the question -  how not to waste excess fruit.

Not to worry - we know just what to do with your summer tomato haul.


What to do with Excess Tomatoes 


From middle of summer right through to the end of September, locally grown tomatoes are at their peak.

How to make the most of your ripe tomatoes before they go bad ?
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Homemade bottled tomato sauce  - pomarola - is the answer.

One of the best summer feelings is making tomato sauce from your home grown tomato crop.

Pomarola is a classic Tuscan tradition of using tomatoes and encompasses everything you think of about Italian food: family, seasonality, self-sufficiency and copious amounts of tomatoes.

And even if you have battled (and lost) the fight against marauding gangs of squirrels and the like, you can still make tomato sauce from locally grown produce.

Local farmers market, truck markets and produce stands are awash with the best tastes at the height of summer.

Even your local store often sells homegrown tomatoes by the weight at this time of year.

So if you have been harvesting some big, beautiful juicy red tomatoes faster than you can eat or give them away, try this simple recipe for a quick & easy tomato sauce.

Transform your juicy, glorious summer tomatoes into this simple but wonderfully flavoursome sauce with minimum effort. 

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

This recipe has a twist by oven roasting seasoned tomatoes for extra richness.

The easiest thing to do is to roast a huge tray of backyard tomatoes  - and just add wonderful sea salt flakes, garlic and herbs for extra flavor.

In no time the most beautiful smell will start wafting through your house - a sensory marriage of sea salt, garlic, herbs and tomatoes.

Just add hand picked bunch of basil, oregano and rosemary (thyme would also be great) to the tray.

If you could bottle the essence of Italian cooking - this is what you would imagine a Tuscan summer would smell like.

In no time, open the oven and find beautiful trays of roasted tomatoes.

So Easy

So Simple

And looks like something from the cover of Epicure.........


The Easiest Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Serves 4 – 6

What You Need

  • 2 lbs large tomatoes
  • Maldon Sea Salt 
  • Fresh herbs to taste i.e basil, thyme, rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves -  peeled & crushed with a knife
  • Pinch of sugar & cracked Black Pepper
  • Quality virgin olive oil

Hint: Gather herbs early in the day, after the dew has dried but before the sun bakes the plants' essential oils. 

Herb scissors are perfect for adding garnish and cuts without bruising or crushing herbs.

Snip herbs neatly and quickly with the Jenaluca Herb Scissors

These herb scissors are Amazons highest rated.

What You Do

  • Preheat the oven 400°F
  • Slice tomatoes in half and then set aside
  • Pour olive oil onto a large parchment-lined baking sheet and spread the oil evenly until the entire sheet is coated.
  • Sprinkle Maldon Sea Salt, garlic, herbs, sugar, and pepper over the olive oil, making sure all these goodies are evenly distributed.
  • Place the tomatoes onto the coated baking sheet, cut side down.
  • Roast the tomatoes for about 30-40 minutes, or until the skins start to wrinkle and lift from the tomatoes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool until you are able to handle them with your hands.
  • For a smooth sauce add to a blender.
    For a more rustic tomato sauce simply add the tomatoes to a bowl and break up the flesh with a fork .

Tomatoes and Sea Salt 

Tomatoes and Sea Salt is a match made in culinary heaven.

We maybe biased here - but please do not use that awful manufactured white poison - common table salt - on your precious fruit.

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Maldon Sea Salt is the perfect salt to bring out the very best flavour for your home made tomato sauce.

Even the best home grown tomatoes can be vastly improved with one simple ingredient - and that ingredient is salt.

Salt does more than just season your food— salt actually intensifies the flavour of tomatoes. 

If you are going to all the trouble of growing your own fruit and vegetables and cooking the produce for your family - only the best will do.

Maldon Sea Salt 

The soft flaky texture and cleanness of natural Maldon Sea Salt is unsurpassed - it genuinely makes all the difference.

"Nothing else but Maldon Sea Salt  has that flaky quality,” says Daniel Rose, chef-partner at Le Coucou in New York.

The iconic Maldon Sea Salt Flakes box is adorned with the Royal Warrant of the Queen of England and produced by a 135-year-old family-owned salt works on the southeast coast of England.

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The pure white crisp clean flakes of Maldon Sea Salt are loved by chefs the world over - Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Gwyneth Paltrow - ok not exactly a chef but a big foodie anyway - just to name a few.

Serving Suggestions for Tomato Sauce

  • Serve your home-made tomato sauce tossed through pasta and with an extra drizzle of virgin olive oil.
  • Add texture and extra zing and finish off with a big pinch of Maldon Salt Flakes.
  • Serve with authentic Parmesan Cheese grated on the side.