Delicious Heirloom tomatoes are in season... and on sale! an irresistible combo ;)
I love making a big batch of roasted heirloom tomato sauce, I freeze it and use it in recipes during fall and winter :)
So simple to make, beautifully ripe heirloom tomatoes, sliced garlic, a touch of olive oil and some fresh herbs make an incredibly flavorful tomato sauce

difficulty level: beginner

equipment needed: a large oven sized sheet pan, or two smaller sheet pans

prep time: 5 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

what you need:

  • 3 garlic cloves very thinly sliced
  • 5 lbs heirloom tomatoes sliced into 3/4 inch thick pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • cooking oil spray
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped into thin ribbons (chiffonade)

what to do:

  • turn broil element on
  • line a large oven sized baking sheet with foil, spray lightly with cooking oil
  • spread garlic slices in single layer at center of the pan
  • place tomato slices in one single layer on the pan, make sure garlic slices are completely covered
  • spray with oil and place into oven on 6 inches away from broil element. Broil 15 minutes
  • take out, keep broil element on, lightly spray with oil
  • return to oven still 6 inches below broil element, broil an additional 10 - 15 minutes, watching so that tomatoes start to char, but not burn.
  • remove from oven, season with salt and pepper.
  • at this point you can puree the sauce in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender, i like it rustic, so i simply transferred the tomatoes into a tupperware, and mashed them up with a potato masher, this leaves pieces of charred tomato skin, and gives a chunkier consistency to the sauce.
  • once you blended/mashed up the tomatoes, add the fresh basil, one tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil, mix well and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 4 months