Basil has one of the best smells in the world. Add that to garlic and Oh Man does the kitchen ever smell good! This is an easy tomato sauce recipe that is so flavourful.
Start by coring the tomatoes and cutting them in half lengthwise. Cut the onions and red peppers into chunks. Arrange in a single layer on a non-stick baking sheet along with whole, peeled garlic. Drizzle lightly with oil.
Roast uncovered at 400F for 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are soft and lightly browned like this:
Toss in the fresh basil, scrape any brown bits and juice from the pan and whirl in the food processor along with salt and pepper to taste. At this point you could add a little tomato paste if you like your sauce clingy.
Process as little or as much as you like. Depends on if you like your sauce chunky or smooth.
Pour into ziploks and freeze. You're done!
Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Sauce
Yield: about 4 cups
2 dozen Italian plum tomatoes (3 lbs)
1 large red pepper
6-8 cloves garlic
1-2 tbsps. olive oil
1/4-1/2 cup fresh basil
salt & pepper
tomato paste (optional)