Saving Summer

in a plastic bag ...

Oh yes, it can be done!

A few weeks ago I picked a bunch of tomatoes from our backyard and whipped up this tasty tomato sauce so that later, once our backyard is a wilderness of snow and I forget the smell of fresh tomato on the vine and how you can almost taste the sunlight in its rosy skin ...
... I will open this bag and welcome a little bit of summer into winter.
Here's how you can do it too!

Roasted Summer Tomato Sauce

2 lbs vine-ripened summer fresh tomatoes
1/4-1/3 cup olive oil
minced garlic (1 clove per 1/2 tomato)
fresh basil, chopped

Cut each tomato in half (across the wide way) and place cut side up in a glass baking dish
Spread 1 clove minced garlic onto each half
Drizzle olive oil over the tomatoes
Sprinkle generously with S+P
Bake at 300 for 2 hours, basting juices every 20-30 minutes (I don't always baste)
Dump tomatoes and juice into a big bowl
Add fresh chopped basil (a handful; adjust to taste)
Either chop with two knives for a chunky sauce, or puree with a blender, immersion blender, or food processor for a smooth sauce

You don't really have to follow the recipe in regards to lbs of tomatoes -- just use a bunch and drizzle enough oil by what looks right, and same for the basil. But the above is the original recipe from here.


  1. What beautiful pictures!! Great idea! Did you use your food processor?

  2. Yup, food processor. And thanks for the tomato plants by the way! : )

  3. yum yum...looks great!


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