Everybody needs a few sauces in their repertoire. Sauces are an easy way to amp up the flavor and add a unique spin to a recipe. I have several I love to use including: BBQ sauce, walnut-basil pesto, champagne-butter sauce, black bean sauce, roasted red bell pepper sauce, and now this lovely tomato sauce. Use this tomato sauce recipe for your favorite spaghetti dish, pizza sauce and more.Speaking of pizza, I have some exciting news to report. Starting in January, I am hosting an event on ATX Gluten-Free called Gluten-Free Pizza Fest. I will be posting 10 gluten-free pizza recipes in 10 days. I am asking other bloggers to join in on the fun by posting a gluten-free pizza recipe, a review of a gluten-free pizza product or a gluten-free pizza restaurant review on their blog. If you would be interested in joining in on this yummy event, shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment below, and I will send you the official Gluten-Free Pizza Fest button. Dates have not been announced, so stay tuned for more information!
Simple Tomato Sauce
Makes 1 1/2 cups. Store in mason jar.
- 6 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 ten ounce container of cherry tomatoes
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small shallot, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon oregano
- pinch ground sage
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon, divided
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place tomatoes on baking sheet and drizzle olive oil liberally over tomatoes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Roast in oven for 45 minutes or until tomatoes have burst and skins are wrinkled. Remove from heat. In a separate skillet, saute shallot in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add in garlic and tomato paste and saute for 5 minutes. Pour roasted tomatoes, with juices, into pan. Add dried seasonings and remainder of salt. Use an immersion blender to puree tomato sauce or keep tomatoes chunky for a rustic sauce. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes to let the flavors come together.