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.
What is your favorite fresh ingredient whether from your garden or local farmers market?
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Then spread tomatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until tomatoes begins to slightly blacken.
- Once done, place tomatoes in a pan heated to medium heat.
- 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.
- Tomato Pasta Sauce is Ready! Optionally: you can puree the tomato sauce now.