Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sauce or Soup?

I had a lot of tomatoes that just weren't going to make it much longer, do you see a pattern here? Anyway, I had plums, baby plums, yellow tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes. Somehow the brownish ones didn't make it. Too soft to slice, I ended up roasting them with a little salt and pepper, garlic and olive oil. Usually we just have them like that, roasted, and smush it on a slice of toasted baguette. But I had a lot of tomatoes, a whole baking sheet full, jam packed with tomatoes. And a new gadget that I hadn't even taken out of the box on my last trip to Crate and Barrel. A food mill! I always wanted one of those. Finally. Now to put that mill to some good use.

 and after a few turns of the crank, a bowl of pure tomato goodness!

Now if I can just decide what to do with it!

Roasted Tomato Sauce

3 pounds fresh tomatoes (mix of any kind you like, heirlooms are great)
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1 onion, sliced (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Combine ingredients on a half-sheet pan. Roast at 300°F for about 2 hours, until tomatoes get soft and caramelized. Let them cool. Run the tomatoes through a food mill to remove the skins and seeds. Or in the food processor and then strain the seeds and skins. The resulting puree will be nice and thick.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

You can freeze it for later, or use it for anything you like, sauce or soup. Add herbs or whatever seasonings.


  1. It's the middle of the night and you just made me very hungry! LOL

  2. Carol, roasted tomato sauce tastes so good! When my kids still lived home and could help, we used to can tomatoes and I always made some batches with roasted tomatoes.

  3. This sauce would be great over pasta or in a pizza. It looks great!

  4. A mix of every kind of tomatoes...soup or sauce..well, that matters no, doesn't it? It tastes good.

  5. Drink it! It looks delicious. If only you weren't allergic to shellfish I'd say make Cioppino.

  6. I just brought home a food mill from my mother in laws cellar. Planning on using it this weekend to make tomato sauce as well. The color of your sauce is so perfect.

  7. Cream of tomato soup, too, suits me. Delish! You never ran out of ideas!

  8. wow, beautiful sauce. !!! not a big fan of soups so I would go with sauce :)

  9. I did that last year with the final batch of garden tomatoes. It's still in the freezer.

  10. Great looking tomatoes and sauce - I have the antique version of the food mill.

  11. Thanks for the recipe and directions. I needed something for my blossoming crop of Roma tomatoes.


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