Quick Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

courtesy of Fork Knife Swoon


  • 2-3 lbs cherry tomatoes, stems removed, rinsed
  • 1/4 C good-quality olive oil, plus more for roasting
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, minced
  • small handful fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper




Preheat the oven to 400F.

Toss the tomatoes with just enough olive oil to lightly coat, then spread out in an even layer onto a rimmed sheet pan or large baking dish. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until the tomatoes have burst and are just beginning to shrivel. Remove from the oven, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and set aside.

Meanwhile, add the 1/4 cup of olive oil to a heavy-bottomed sauce pot. Heat over medium-heat until the oil  begins to shimmer. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to sweat and soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, stir to combine, and continue cooking for another few minutes until the garlic is golden.

Add the roasted tomatoes (including all of the cooking liquid in the pan), and the herbs, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn the heat down to low, partially cover the pot with the lid (leaving about a 1-inch gap), and let simmer for at least 25 minutes - and up to an hour - stirring once or twice.

Remove the pot from the heat, and let cool for 10-15 minutes. (Carefully!) Transfer the sauce to a blender (or use an immersion blender), and blend until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

Pour the sauce into pint-size canning jars or other air-tight containers.

Will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator, or 3 months in the freezer.

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