This simple Tomato Garlic Sauce recipe melds two immune-boosting staples, tomatoes and garlic, crafting a flavorful and nutrient-rich sauce perfect for complementing your preferred pasta dish. Tomatoes, bursting with vitamin C, offer excellent support during flu season, while garlic’s allicin and alliinase compounds bolster immune function.

Recipe for pan-roasted tomato sauce
Image by Rebecca Blackwell


  • 3.6 kg ripe tomatoes
  • 26 cloves of garlic – do NOT peel
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper

Step 1

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step 2

Wash the tomatoes and remove their stems. Halve each tomato and arrange them cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet. Distribute the garlic cloves over and around the tomatoes (do not peel the garlic).

Step 3

Drizzle the olive oil over the tomatoes and garlic. Then, sprinkle the thyme leaves, crushed red pepper, and sugar on top, followed by a generous amount of salt and pepper.

Step 4

Bake in the oven for 60-90 minutes until the tomatoes begin to caramelize on the surface. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan.


Step 5

In batches, transfer the tomatoes to a food mill equipped with a large strainer plate set over a bowl. Pass the tomatoes through the mill, separating the sauce in the bowl from the skins and core. Discard the skins and core.

Step 6

Press the garlic cloves into the sauce. They will easily release from their skins. Discard the garlic skins. Use a spoon to crush the garlic against the bowl’s sides and incorporate it into the sauce.

Step 7

Store the tomato sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Alternatively, freeze the sauce for up to six months for longer storage.

Elevate your pasta nights with this nutritious and flavorful pan-roasted tomato sauce. Packed with immune-boosting ingredients like tomatoes and garlic, it’s perfect for keeping you healthy and satisfied.

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