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A Simple Roasted Tomato Garlic Sauce

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A Simple Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce served with a bowl of Penne Arrabbiata

How do you make garlic pasta sauce from scratch?

To make spaghetti saucecook garlic in butter and olive oil over medium-low heat just until the garlic is soft but not browned. Stir in the parsley or basil and cook for 2 minutes (stirring constantly) until the herbs are limp but still green.

Does roasting tomatoes reduce acidity?

Tomatoes become more acidic as they cook longer, so reducing the cooking time to the least amount possible can help keep the acid level lower. Sauces and other dishes that require long simmering may make this difficult, but it is recommended that you don’t cook tomatoes for longer than 1 ½ hours.

Roasted Tomatoes & Freezing Tips

Another option would be to roast the tomatoes and freeze them for later use. Read here and you can also prepare this simple oven-roasted tomato sauce

You can also try another Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe here on the blog.

Yield: 1 large jar - depending on size of tomatoes

A Simple Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce

Tomato & Garlic sauce with a bowl of Arrabbiata Pasta

A simple yet delicious bowl of Penne Arrabbiata with Roasted Tomato & Garlic Sauce.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 12 Ripe Tomatoes
  • 2 Heads of Garlic (peeled)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil


Rinse and cut tomatoes in half lengthwise.

Place in a baking dish along with the whole garlic.

Season with salt, pepper and then pour in the olive oil.

Roast at 180C / 350F for 25-30 minutes or until the skins have split and tomatoes have shrunk in size. Let it cool.

Remove the skins and place them in a blender along with all the juices, garlic, and oil from the bottom of the baking dish.

Blend until smooth.

Adjust seasoning and store in a jar in the fridge.

I have used this sauce for the Arrabbiata but I added chili flakes for some heat.


Prepared, tried, and tested Rochelle Lazarus Govender from SA Tasty Recipes - Saffas Daily Recipes

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 220Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 0mgSodium 64mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 3g

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