Garden Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Garden season is my favorite! I feel bad I have been gardening and preparing our new home more than blogging. Trust me though that I am preparing for some amazing new adventures and topics that I can’t wait to share with you. If you missed my moving announcement, we moved in February. This move isn’t like the several moves before it, no more renters for us! We bought my family home as our first real home. It has been an adjustment moving from 2 acres in the country to less garden space but I am finding more than enough space. We are growing Roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes that have proven themselves as a star for garden fresh tomato pasta sauce. I know that Jarred pasta sauce is easier but garden fresh tomato pasta sauce makes sure to limit all the extra ingredients that we can do without.


Sometimes when I am making healthier dishes, I worry the kids might not like it. I have stopped worrying because we have developed the kids palates to prefer the fresh options. I can’t tell you how exciting it is for the kids to get in the garden to help out! All that I ask of them is to give it a try each time we make a different version of something. I don’t expect my kids to like every dish but with each “experiment” we learn what they like and don’t like to fine tune how ingredients are prepared.


My kids have grown to love the simplicity of this garden fresh tomato pasta sauce without much effort. I have made a few tweaks each time I have made it to find a good balance for our family of 5. I hope you will do the same to make it work for everyone! First We start with Roma Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, and fresh-picked basil from our backyard garden. The rest of the ingredients are things I normally keep stocked in the pantry. I love cooking but I don’t like to over-complicate the delicious flavors of fresh foods. I want my kids to appreciate them not feel like I am sneaking in healthy foods.


The last step of the recipe is a matter of preference. I tend to prefer the chunky garden fresh tomato pasta sauce and…

My kids prefer their sauce to be pureed. Both taste delicious so just work with what works best for your family!GardenFreshTomatoPastaSauce5

What is your favorite fresh ingredient whether from your garden or local farmers market?

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Garden Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce
Simple yet delicious tomato sauce recipe with fresh ingredients
  • 4 cups cherry and Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅛ tsp Himalyan Sea Salt, Lava Salt, or your favorite salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ½-1 TBSP basalmic vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Then spread tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for about 30 minutes or until tomatoes begins to slightly blacken.
  4. Once done, place tomatoes in a pan heated to medium heat.
  5. Add garlic and balsamic vinegar while mashing tomatoes. At this point, taste and add more spices to suit your family. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Tomato Pasta Sauce is Ready! Optionally: you can puree the tomato sauce now.



  1. says

    Fresh tomatoes and fresh corn are my two favorite summer veggies. Of course, I grew up with a large garden and fresh is always better to me. Your pasta sauce looks delicious. I love the chunks, but my kids like it smooth, so I’m glad you shared both options.
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  2. Anita Fonte says

    My son loves anything tomato. He doesn’t mind the size as he loves the taste of them. Making your own sauce is better as it will not have any other processed ingredients.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger says

    Homemade tomato sauce is so good. I love making it with fresh tomatoes from the garden or a local farmer’s market.

  4. says

    Anything fresh from the garden is 100x better than store bought. I didn’t plant a garden this year because I thought I didn’t have the time but am really missing it.

  5. Jeanine says

    Yum! That looks and sounds delicious. I love using items from a fresh garden to make my meals. I miss having a garden at my house!

  6. Kimberly M. says

    I love fresh tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, and basil are my favorite to cook with. I also love fresh beets.

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