Canned tomato sauce, you love to hate them, but love them anyways because of the convenience. If you told me 10 years ago that I would be making my own tomato sauce I would laugh at you. For one because I LOVE canned tomato sauce and two because I always pictured an Italian grandmother in the kitchen stewing tomatoes for hours to get deep rich flavor. Yes, making your own tomato sauce is a lengthy process even when starting with canned or crushed tomatoes. This creamy roasted red pepper sauce starts with your basic ingredients, and in only an hour you are left with a velvety and sweet tomato sauce perfect for pasta. The best part it’s 8 ingredients you can pronounce and there is no extra sugar or preservatives. At first taste you are amazed that this sauce developed SO much flavor so fast. Let it sit overnight and it might just become your new favorite sauce.
Roast the Vegetables – On a sheet pan toss tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and garlic generously in olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. Don’t worry about how everything is cut, it will all get purred later. I rough chopped everything and kept the garlic in the skin to prevent over browning or burning. Roast at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes. The tomatoes and onions will shrivel, the bell pepper will char, and that garlic will become super soft and sweet. Let the roasted vegetables cool for 10 minutes.
Blend – Once cooled toss in a blender or food processor. If you want to make this even easier dump the tray in the pot you will use to stew this later and use an emersion blender. Everything can go in including the residual juices. Make sure however that you remove the garlic from the skin, and toss those. Blend until desired consistency then bring to a pot, if it is not already in one and add chopped basil, salt, and chili flakes. Salt to taste, this will vary depending on how salty you like your sauce. I start with 2 tsp and go up from there if needed.
Simmer to Perfection – Simmer the sauce for 5-7 minutes with the lid on. From here you can can it, place in the fridge in an airtight container OR enjoy right away with pasta or crusty bread.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days. This sauce can also be frozen. If opting to freeze let the sauce cool to room temperature then section out as you please in airtight containers. This can be frozen for up to 2 months.