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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce #SundaySupper

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce is an easy way to save your garden's tomato harvest!  Homegrown tomatoes are roasted in the oven with basil, garlic, onion and carrots, then blended into a delicious fresh sauce to use on pasta or freeze for later! 

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes
Sunday Supper is all about recipes for saving the Summer's harvest this week and Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce is my contribution to the collection! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post and check out all the creative ways the Tastemakers have come up with for saving summer's harvest! This event is being hosted by Caroline from Caroline's Cooking.

Now, let's get back to this marinara recipe...

This recipe is great for your homegrown tomatoes and basil! 

I used to be able to grow lots of tomatoes in my backyard, but over the years, the trees have grown in. This unfortunate event has prevented me from harvesting my own homegrown tomatoes for the alst couple of years.  This makes me sad.  Luckily, my grocery stores now sell local, homegrown tomatoes that are just perfect for this recipe!

Prep is so easy with this recipe! There is no need to remove the skin from the tomatoes, which is a real time saver! Everything is cut up and drizzled with a little olive oil and seasonings, and then roasted in the oven until the tomatoes are soft and super sweet!

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

Once the veggies are roasted, allow them to cool for a few minutes, then blend them all up in a high-speed blender!  That's it!  The sauce is now ready to eat or put into containers to finish cooling and then freeze. 

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

I put the sauce in two quart jars and put them in the refrigerator, because I wanted to use it for a meal later in the week.  

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

When I was ready to use the marinara sauce, I simply re-heated it in a saucepan.  So fresh, so easy! 

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

This isn't a real thick or deep flavored sauce, but it's a nice loose fresh sauce, with fresh tomato flavor. I used it to top some penne for a healthy meal for my family!  

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes

Fresh, homegrown tomatoes are one of crops of summer I look forward to every year. Almost nothing tastes as good as ripe tomatoes fresh off the vine in the summertime! What are some of your favorite produce items of summer?

Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce


Oven-Roasted Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce | Renee's Kitchen Adventures #SundaySupper easy recipe for fresh tomatoes
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Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, onions, carrots and seasonings are oven-roasted until soft then blended together for fresh take on marinara sauce.

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Yield: approximately 2 quarts

Ingredients:

7 - 8 large, homegrown tomatoes, cut into large chunks with seeds removed

4 cloves garlic, peeled and thick sliced

1 medium sized onion, cut into large chunks

1 - 2 carrot(s), peeled and thick sliced

8 large basil leaves, basil leaves

2 - 3 TBS olive oil

1 tsp. dried oregano

kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to liking


Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Drizzle with a little olive oil and swirl to coat.
  2. Arrange tomato chunks, skin side down, in a single layer on prepared pan. Arrange the garlic, onion, and carrots between the tomato chunks.
  3. Tear up half of the basil leaves and sprinkle onto the veggies. Drizzle all with the rest of the olive oil then sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Roast in oven for 40 - 60* minutes, or until all veggies are soft and starting to get a little brown. Take from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer all contents (including the juices) from pan and the remainder of the basil to a high-powered blender (like a Ninja) or large food processor and carefully process into a smooth sauce. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. Sauce is ready to eat or be packaged for the freezer or refrigerator.

*NOTE:  You may need to roast a little longer or less, depending on how big you chunk up the tomatoes, carrots and onion.  Just adjust the baking time.


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13 comments:

  1. I have to try this. I LOVE roasted tomatoes and use them for my homemade tomato-basil soup, which I adore, so I know I will gobble this up. Yummm. Thanks for sharing, Renee! Love the pics too. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! I have to look for your tomato-basil soup recipe! I love a good tomato soup too and roasted tomatoes take it over the top I bet!

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  2. I bet this is so so much better than store bought. How nice to have at the ready when you want some pasta!

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  3. I love making pasta sauce every year. This year I think I'm going to do pizza sauce instead... jazz it up!

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    1. Ah...that sounds great! Always good to have pizza sauce on hand!

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  4. I love roasted tomatoes and in a sauce, they are magnificent! Great recipe Renee!

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  5. I love the idea of roasting all the veggies first! This is one spectacular marinara!!!

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  6. So thick and delicious with roasted veggies!

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  7. Renee, how long can you keep in the freezer? Love marinara sauce.

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