Mom’s Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce Print Recipe Print Recipe


You really can’t beat mom’s cooking, really.

Especially right now when the last place I want to be is in the kitchen. Unless it’s making box mac & cheese. Truth me told. If you’re new to the blog, this is NOT in the least bit normal for me, but I’m pregnant and have the strangest appetite.



Mama working in the kitchen. So much love being put into this dish and every dish. Key ingredient, don’t forget that.

I always love this time with my family. The conversations that take place are always real. Solving life’s problems to laughing about nonsense. Lots of memories in the kitchen.

I love how food can bring people together in such a natural way.



It’s very important to cook with a glass of wine.

Not when you’re pregnant.

Maybe that’s why I can’t get into cooking. Okay, that and I haven’t unpacked our kitchen yet…



Roasting turns everything into candy. Vegetables, fruit, and even chopped potatoes.

I always tell people who have a hard time with vegetables, to just roast them with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. The caramelizing brings out the sweetness and just makes it extra delicious.



Wouldn’t you just love to dip a big chunk of gluten-free bread in this right now?

I would. Right now, actually.

You can also freeze and save this for weeknight dinners or last minute dinner guests. This would also make a wonderful thank you or hostess gift. A mason jar filled with this tomato sauce and with a loaf of gluten-free bread. They’ll be thanking you for weeks.



Dad’s yummy halibut, fresh off the grill.

I’m not sure what exactly is thrown on here, but probably an assortment of dried spices and herbs.

Whatever it was, it worked perfectly with the tomato basil sauce.



Mom’s Roasted Tomato Basil Sauce

PRINT Recipe


  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


Preheat oven 400 degrees.

Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and add garlic. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake/roast for 10-15 minutes or until tomatoes have browned and softened.

Remove and place tomato mixture in a saucepan and add fresh basil. With a potato masher, carefully mash tomatoes into a sauce. Heat on low until the rest of the meal is ready to be served.

Optional – place half tomato mixture [slightly cooled] in the blender or magic bullet and blend until creamy. Add creamy mixture back into the saucepan with the chunky half of the tomato mixture.

Top over pasta, white fish, fresh bread or place in an airtight container and freeze for future dinners.



*gluten-free *dairy-free *vegetarian

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  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This looks unreal! Awesome recipe!

  • Katie

    I want to dive in. So nice to have a mama to cook for you when you’re feeling pukey. Mmm, mmm.

  • Bev Weidner


    Pour it on my face! 

  • Heather

    DI-VINE!  i want this for dinner tonight!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    This fish (and sauce) is calling my name!  Also, I love the pregnancy photos in your last post!  Darling!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    Beautiful sauce. I adore roasted tomatoes. Love this recipe! 

  • Maria

    I want to meet your mom! What a great sauce! 

  • Lisa

    Wow, can’t wait to try this – thanks for sharing!

  • Whitney

    So trying this asap. 

  • Summer

    Absolutely amazing, I plan on making this! Please tell your mom, ‘Summer!’ says hello. 

  • Kathryn

    I will eat roasted tomatoes in anything, love this so much.

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  • Ginny

    this looks sooo incredibly delicious! i have to try it tonight! 🙂

  • Amy

    Love really is the key ingredient. This roasted tomato sauce looks delicious, and would definitely go well with some gluten free roasted walnut and caramelised onion scones (I think I’ll make a batch this weekend)…oh now I’m hungry again!

  • Kristen Dilandro

    Holy cow that looks amazing. I cannot wait to try. Perfect summer dish. 

  • Liz Tesar

    This looks so easy and delicious! I can’t wait to try it at home 🙂

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    That fish with the tomato sauce looks divine. I love roasted tomatoes!

  • Lynn Vannice

    I just have to tell you that I just made this to put over spag squash and it is sooooo good.  My basil plant is going insane right now so I was excited to try this recipe.  Can’t wait for the hubs to come home and try it! 

  • Anonymous

    Now you know why I love this sauce! So happy you enjoyed it!