Quick and Simple Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

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Use this easy Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe to transform fresh summer tomatoes into a rich, aromatic homemade sauce. Serve immediately or store in quart jars for later use. If you have an abundance of tomatoes, this is my favorite way to preserve them!

Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

I’m a big fan of store-bought pasta sauce. There are several great brands that I use in many recipes regularly and are great time savers. But there’s something about the unparalleled richness and depth of flavor in homemade roasted tomato sauce. It’s one of those simple delights that transforms an ordinary pasta night into something truly special. 

Making your own sauce from a variety of fresh tomatoes like cherry, plum, grape tomatoes, or Roma tomatoes not only allows you to customize the taste to your liking but also introduces a level of freshness that store-bought options just can’t match. Opting for roasted cherry tomato sauce or a homemade marinara brings the essence of Italian seasoning into your kitchen, infusing your dishes with a burst of homegrown goodness. 

The process, from selecting juicy tomatoes to the final blend, using your own immersion blender or food processor, instills another level of pride in your culinary creations. It’s a perfect way to use those ripe garden tomatoes, blending in fresh herbs, garlic cloves, and a touch of extra virgin olive oil for that velvety finish. 

Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

What you’ll love about this Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe:

  • Roasted tomato sauce brings a rich, homemade taste that store-bought sauces can’t compete with.
  • Choosing fresh tomatoes and roasting them enhances the flavor, making it a foundation for delicious sauces and soups.
  • A variety of blending methods allow for different textures and flavors, personalizing your sauce for pasta, dips, or as a base for other recipes.
Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Choosing the Right Tomatoes

Choosing fresh ripe tomatoes is the key to making a delicious sauce. Here are my top picks of the types of tomatoes to use for homemade tomato sauce: 

  • Cherry tomatoes offer a burst of sweetness
  • Plum tomatoes are dense and juicy
  • Grape tomatoes are super flavorful and firm
  • Roma tomatoes are firm and flavorful with a sweet taste and low water content

Each brings a unique melody of flavors and textures essential for that perfect way to a delicious sauce. The best tomato sauce is the custom combination that you create! Experiment with different tomatoes to find your preferred combination. Then simply toss them onto a sheet pan and let the roasting magic happen.

Ingredients for Roasted Homemade Tomato Sauce

Just a few ingredients

  • cherry tomatoes or your choice of a variety of tomatoes
  • onion
  • head of garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil
  • red pepper flakes (optional, but they will add some heat if you like spicy sauce)
  • chicken or vegetable stock (optional for a thinner sauce)

Making the Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

 Homemade roasted tomato sauce is a great way to make your pasta nights extra special, or even whip up a flavorful dipping sauce or a comforting tomato soup.

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. Select your choice of tomatoes (depending on your preference for sweetness, firmness, and flavor).
  3. Now, gather additional ingredients such as onion, cloves of garlic, and fresh basil. I usually opt for an entire bulb of garlic because, let’s be honest, can you ever have too much garlic? 
  4. Next, wash your tomatoes thoroughly. 
  5. Then, it’s chopping time. If you’re using larger varieties of tomatoes like plum tomatoes, cut your tomatoes in halves or quarters. Cut the onion into quarters or large chunks. For garlic, there is no need to chop. Just peel and leave the cloves whole. The roasting will let all that delicious flavor out. 
  1. Spread everything (except the fresh herbs) onto your prepared sheet pan and drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Add red pepper flakes if you like spicier sauce. Some herbs such as rosemary can stand up to roasting. However, it’s best to add most fresh herbs later in the blending phase.  
  2. Mix everything on the sheet pan, ensuring each tomato is kissed by that olive oil mix. Trust me, this simple roasted tomato sauce prep is a game-changer for your pasta night. 
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tomatoes start to pop open. As they roast, their flavors get richer, making them perfect for blending into the best tomato sauce ever. 
  1. Carefully transfer all the roasted tomatoes and veggies to a blender or food processor. If you’re adding fresh herbs, put them in the blender now. I like to use a few leaves of fresh basil, but you could also add other herbs like oregano, thyme, or parsley. 
  2. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce reaches your preferred consistency. Use chicken stock or vegetable stock to thin your sauce to the consistency you like. Taste, then add any additional seasonings to your preference.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta! 
Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Options for Blending Your Sauce

Once those juicy tomatoes are beautifully roasted, you will be greeted with that rich, aromatic blend of garlic cloves, herbs, and olive oil. Now it’s time for one of my favorite kitchen adventures—transforming them into that delicious roasted tomato sauce we’ve been dreaming about. 

You have a few choices for blending the sauce: the food processor, blender, immersion blender, or even a simple potato masher. If you want a smoother sauce, the food processor or immersion blender will be your best friend, effortlessly pureeing those roasted beauties into the perfect base for everything from pasta night to a quick meal with zucchini noodles. For those who enjoy a bit of texture in their bite, a potato masher offers a chunkier texture, letting you revel in the rustic feel of a homemade marinara sauce. No matter your choice, each tool promises a homemade delight ready to elevate your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles into a culinary masterpiece. 

How to Serve Your Homemade Sauce

Transforming your favorite pasta night with a spoonful of homemade roasted tomato sauce is one of my favorite things. Here are some other serving suggestions for your oven-roasted tomato sauce: 

  • drizzle over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a low-carb delight
  • toss with spaghetti noodles and top with some grated parmesan cheese is a perfect way to enjoy an easy meal
  • add some vegetable broth or chicken broth and blend some more to transform your sauce into tomato soup
  • use it as a marinara sauce dip for cheese sticks
Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Storing Your Leftover Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce 

When it’s time to preserve that deliciousness for later use, mason jars, freezer bags, and airtight containers are all great options. Storing your sauce in these ensures that you capture the freshness and flavor, ready to whip up a quick and easy dinner at a later time. You can store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or tomato sauce freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.  

A Homemade Delight in Every Bite

There’s something undeniably heartwarming about twirling your favorite pasta drenched in a homemade roasted tomato sauce, knowing it’s made with fresh ingredients right from your kitchen. The act of making your own delicious roasted tomato sauce, with juicy cherry tomatoes and aromatic fresh herbs, not only enriches your meals with lots of flavors but also brings a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. So, dive into the world of homemade marinara sauce, where each spoonful tells a story of love, care, and the warmth of sharing this homemade delight with your loved ones. The journey of making your best tomato sauce awaits – it’s a simple yet rewarding path to making every bite a homemade delight. 

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Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Quick and Simple Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Melisha Kreppein
Use this easy Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe to transform fresh summer tomatoes into a rich, aromatic homemade sauce.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Blend Time 5 minutes
Course Main Dish, Pasta &amp
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 97 kcal


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pint vine ripe tomatoes quartered
  • 1 medium onion chopped into large pieces
  • 1 head garlic peeled
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3-4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup vegetable stock optional


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • Wash tomatoes and add to prepared baking sheet. Cut larger tomatoes into halves or quarters.
  • Chop onion into large chunks. Peel garlic. Add to sheet pan.
  • Spread all the veggies into a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Add Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, oregano, and any other desired seasonings. Toss everything together to evenly distribute the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the tomatoes pop open.
  • Carefully transfer all the roasted tomatoes and veggies to a blender or food processor. Add fresh basil. Blend on the puree function for about 1 minute.
  • Taste the sauce and add additional seasonings to taste. For a thinner sauce add some vegetable stock or chicken stock and blend again.
  • Serve over pasta, can, or freeze for later.


Serving: 4gCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 12.7gProtein: 2.6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 506mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 6.5gCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
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