Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Makes 4 Cups or Enough for 1/2 lbs Cooked Pasta

Roasting tomatoes combined with garlic and onion and blended to perfection, this sauce is a starter for any number of pasta combinations.

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  • Prep Time:
    14 min
  • Cook Time:
    42 min
  • Ready In:
    56 min
  • Serves:


  1. 4 to 4.5 pounds plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and cut in half
  2. 5 cloves garlic, peeled, cut in half
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, quartered
  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. 6 fresh basil leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  7. 2 sprigs fresh oregano (or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the tomatoes, cut side up on a large baking tray and add 1 clove garlic and the onion. Arrange the tomatoes, garlic and onion so they do not touch each other. Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over all and roast for 30-35 minutes, or until very tender. Remove and cool slightly.

Place the cooled vegetables, remaining garlic and oil in the blender and add the salt and pepper to taste, along with the basil and oregano. Select Auto 5 and blend until just chunky-smooth.

Heat the sauce in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed throughout. Serve over hot pasta, grilled chicken or fish.