Tuesday, August 9, 2011

make your own spaghetti sauce from scratch in the oven

So I had a bunch of tomatoes that needed to be used so I asked  friends on facebook for ideas.

I got this idea that I wanted to try:

Spread a bit of olive oil on bottom of cookie sheet. Cut tomatoes in half & place skin side up on tray. Add any veggies you like around them, mushrooms, onions, peppers, carrots etc. Bake in oven about 10 minutes or till skins come off tomatoes easily. Put through blender & freeze till needed.

so there are a lot of things that are not included in this but I thought I would give it a try. 

First I got the veggies out.  and chopped them up- green pepper and tomatoes from my garden and a friends, onion red pepper, mushrooms, and carrots.

I layered them in the pan with the tomatoes face down. 
I added a bunch of spices like pepper, salt, oregano, paprika, thyme, garlic etc
and someone suggested brown sugar to cut the acidity.

I needed more than what I put on. If I would do this again I would put spices and brown sugar on the bottom with the olive oil  as well as putting it on top. 
I think I would use 2 tbs brown sugar as well.
I put it in the oven at 350F and it was in there for about 20 min and it was cooking- just not as well as it should have been- so I upped it to 400 and it was in there for another 10 minutes. That seemed to do the trick!

 When it was all done I peeled the skin off the tomatoes and scooped the big bits up with a slotted lifter. 
It smelled so good!
 I put it in the blender and tasted it- blech- too tomato-y. I added a bunch more spices and more brown sugar.

 That made it taste better- still not as good as the store bought stuff. It was about the same constancy though
 I got 5 cups of sauce out of it. 
I usually make my sauce go a lot further by adding a small can of sauce to go with the regular jar so I will be using this instead of the can


Steph @ A Life without Ice Cream said...

What a neat idea! I've only ever made it in a sauce pan! Looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

If you add zucchini it will act as a natural thickener.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I like to blend up everything, put it into a pot to heat, then put in containers, cool and then freeze. No spices at all - I wait to add them when I use the sauce. Spices tend to loose their 'zing' when frozen. And depending on what I am using it for, depends on what spices I like to use.

Duffman said...

Sounds cool. I think we might try it too.

Pokey said...

Ooh, great way to eat all those veggies, too! YUM ~

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