Basic Roasted Tomato Sauce

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Basic Roasted Tomato Sauce
Basic Roasted Tomato Sauce
4 lb. ripe tomatoes seeded and halved
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. salt
pepper to taste Freshly ground
Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 50 minutes

Preheat oven to 425°F. Place tomatoes cut side up on a large baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn and bake for 10 minutes more. Let cool, then slip skins off and coarsely chop tomatoes. Place tomatoes and their juices in a medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Remove cover and simmer for 15 minutes more.

Makes about 4 cups.

Variation: For an Italian sauce, add 2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning to sauce and simmer for 10 minutes more.

Freeze now to use later: Ladle 1-1/2 or 2-cup portions into airtight freezer containers or bags. Store in the freezer up to two months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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