Here’s the story behind this fantastic Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce. I have the kindest neighbors you’d ever hope to live by. I’m surrounded by some of my favorite people on all sides and I’m so thankful. One of them stopped by last week with a bunch of ripe tomatoes from their garden. We had such a warm winter that their tomato plants just kept on going! I immediately did a mental check to see if I had all the ingredients for a BLT on hand and made one that very day for lunch. My favorite!
As the gifted tomatoes began to ripen faster than I could eat them, I began to think of the best way to preserve them. Since we all love pizza here, I thought I’d try roasting them into a thick, homemade pizza sauce. It was so easy and delicious I had to share it here.
I sliced the tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and placed them on a baking sheet in an even layer. Then I drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled them with kosher salt. I placed them in the oven at 375 degrees and by the 40-minute mark, they were bubbly and beginning to caramelize.
Roasting tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness. As those juices get all bubbly, the water evaporates and the flavor becomes more intense. If you have ever had a homegrown tomato, you know they taste nothing like what comes from the grocery store. I was really hoping to preserve that special homegrown flavor, and I think roasting them and keeping the spices simple accomplished that goal.
After roasted them, I scooped them into a food processor and added the dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder, as well as a bit of honey. With a few pulses, I had the most beautiful thick, rich pizza sauce!
I whipped up my favorite pizza dough, and declared it officially pizza night. We all constructed our own personal pizzas, and I kept mine simple with just mozzarella cheese topped with some dried basil and Parmesan. Perfection!
I’m so looking forward to harvesting the ripening tomatoes in my own garden. I have a whole bed dedicated to tomatoes this year, so I’m really glad to have a way to preserve them. A girl can only eat so many BLTs!
If you find yourself with an abundance of ripe tomatoes, or even overly ripe tomatoes needing to be used very soon, this Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce is just the thing!
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How to turn your abundance of ripe homegrown tomatoes into the most delicious, flavorful Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce!
- 2 lbs. ripe tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Wash, dry, and slice tomatoes 1/4 inch thick and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Drizzle tomato slices with olive oil, and sprinkle with kosher salt.
- Roast the tomatoes in the oven for 40-45 minutes. They will be bubbly and slightly caramelized.
- Scoop the roasted tomatoes into a food processor, and add basil, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and honey. Process until smooth.
- Use immediately, or refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 73
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 361mg
- Fat: 4.8g
- Saturated Fat: 0.7g
- Unsaturated Fat: 3.9g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 7.3g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 0mg