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Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce

Like many things in life, cooking can quickly become over complicated, which can make it intimidating, which can easily lead us to opt for take-out instead.

Our relationship with food has been evolving over the last 50 years, including our tolerance to work with it on a daily basis.

Now, there are a number of factors contributing to this (i.e. fast, cheap, always-available, lean cuisine-esque food) but above all else, I think people over complicate cooking and therefore stray away from it.

Take tomato sauce for example. To me, homemade tomato sauce conjures up visions of Sundays at Nona's house, spending hours on end picking tomatoes and meticulously skinning and de-seeding and squishing and seasoning and... you get the idea.

Sounds exhausting, right? Well, I discovered it doesn't have to be and I'm going to share with you the secret to incredibly delicious homemade tomato sauce that you can make in under 40 minutes.

The secret you ask? Tomatoes -- good ones. This is the time of year to stock up on tomatoes, so if you're inspired, now's the time to get some.

Halve them and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 30-40min.

Blend until smooth (including the skin and seeds).

And that's it – you're done! Fresh, homemade tomato sauce. Simple and delicious.

I almost feel like I'm cheating you by calling this a recipe, but here it is - be kind in the comments :)

Mains + Sides
Ingredients
  • Organic Tomatoes (roma or field tomatoes)*
Instructions
  1. Halve tomatoes and place on baking sheet.
  2. Bake for 30-40min at 350 or until skins are easily removed.
  3. Place tomatoes (including skins and seeds) into the blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

After you have the base prepared, simply season to your liking. One of my favourites is to saute garlic, add the sauce, top with fresh basil and voila!

You may wish to reduce the finished sauce for a more dense consistency, but I didn't find the need to do so.

*You may use 2 dozen tomatoes but you can't really go wrong. The more you roast, the more sauce you have!

After you have the base prepared, simply season to your liking. One of my favourite ways of making this is to saute garlic, add the sauce, top with fresh basil and EVOO and voila! Yes, it's simple, but isn't that the whole point?

This would also make a great sauce for homemade pizza!

The moral of the story?

  • Good food doesn't have to be complicated.
  • Get in the kitchen and start cooking
  • As long as you're using great ingredients, it's really hard to screw things up :)

What's your favourite deceivingly-simple recipe? Share in the comments!

32 Comments
Sandy pettigrew   •   September 6, 2017

What no garlic or salt and pepper??? WOW!!!

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Hey Sandy, There are a few additional directions in the Notes below about adding S P, garlic etc, but it's entirely up to you! The tomatoes will speak for themselves if they're super fresh and in season! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Cassie   •   September 6, 2017

I love this recipe! It inspires me to try something new (and nutritious) because it's so easy!!!

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Hey Cassie, Absolutely! Healthy food doesn't have to be complicated by any means! Let us know what you think when you give it a whirl :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Marlene Gajeiro   •   September 6, 2017

I make mine the same. I roasted whole garlic head. Once the tomatoes are roasted,I blend it and put a few garlic cloves and blend into smooth . What a delicious pasta sauce.

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 7, 2017

Hey Marlene, That sounds delicious! You really can't go wrong either way :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Julie M.   •   September 8, 2017

Yum! What is the shelf life of the sauce?

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Walker Jordan   •   September 10, 2017

I would keep it for max. 5 days in the fridge, but you could always jar and freeze it if you wanted to make larger quantities.


Colleen   •   September 10, 2017

Trying it your way today . Sounds easy and yummy 😋 I'll let you know what I think once I try it . This is so easy , I have always got rid of skins 😁

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Walker Jordan   •   September 10, 2017

Sounds good Colleen! Can't wait to hear what you think :)


Colleen   •   September 10, 2017

Ok well , I love it , I made 9 jars so far . Thanks

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Walker Jordan   •   September 11, 2017

Amazing!


France   •   September 10, 2017

Good job Walker 😊I will try this recipe for sure .. thanks for sharing and love your photos as usual

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Walker Jordan   •   September 11, 2017

My pleasure! Let me know how it works out :)


Danielle   •   September 11, 2017

What are the best variety of tomatoes to use for a sauce? Looks delicious! :) Thanks!

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Walker Jordan   •   September 11, 2017

The Italians will tell you, San Marzano, but I say whatever's in season. The tomatoes in this sauce were a mix of what looked good at the market.


Eva   •   September 15, 2017

How many tomatoes do you think I'll need for 4 servings? :)

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Walker Jordan   •   September 15, 2017

Good question :) I would do 2 dozen to be safe. Joy is clearly the professional here...I just throw stuff in a pot!


Julie   •   September 20, 2017

Do the seeds and skins completely break down when you blend it? I know its a bit of a weird question but I have a real tomato seed aversion.

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 22, 2017

Hey Julie, Yes they do! It ends up being super smooth, you don't even notice the seeds or skins (totally understand that aversion by the way!) Let us know if you end up trying it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Sarah   •   September 22, 2017

Love it Walkman!! Can't wait to add this to my meal prep on Sunday!!

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 25, 2017

Hey Sarah, Hope you enjoy it :) Let us know what you think when you get around to trying it! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Sarah   •   October 7, 2017

I roasted garlic and onion and threw it all in the blender together, added some s

Rachel Molenda   •   October 11, 2017

That sounds amazing Sarah! Simplicity really can be delish :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Lisa   •   September 23, 2017

I just made this and it is so easy and so delicious!! Thanks for the recipe. It's a keeper!

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 25, 2017

Hey Lisa, AMAZING! So glad you enjoyed it! Crazy how simple it is, hey? Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Sue   •   September 24, 2017

Thx you. We love uncomplicated cooking. It's fast and full of flavour!! Sue and Tom

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 25, 2017

Hey Sue, Yes, us too! Totally agree! Simple cooking is very underrated :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Ava   •   September 25, 2017

Thanks for sharing "Tomato sauce" recipe with us. It really looks amazing :)

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Rachel Molenda   •   September 25, 2017

Hey Ava, Hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think when you get around to making it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Dominica   •   September 30, 2017

Making this today! Can't wait 😎

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Rachel Molenda   •   October 2, 2017

Hey Dominica, Woohoo! Let us know how you like it :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


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