Oven-roasted Fresh Tomato Glut Sauce

I have tomato storage techniques to help you get through the winter on the local tomato crop (yours or that of a neighboring farmer). One is a recipe, which I have titled Tomato Glut Sauce because itís what you do when youíre short of time and the tomatoes are sitting there on the counter looking reproachfully at you as the fruit flies gather round.

What you need to know about this recipe is that it is more forgiving than your favorite aunt. The ingredients, other than the tomatoes, garlic, and balsamic vinegar, are pretty much up to you, depending on what you have too much of. The secret seems to lie in the balsamic vinegar and the roasting process itself. All the community gardeners who asked me for the recipe came back thanking me for brightening their whole summer.

Tomato Glut Sauce
Adapted from The New York Times

Preheat oven to 400 F

Put into a large roasting pan:
6 pounds tomatoes (plum are best), cored and quartered
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped carrots (optional)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
9 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons each fresh thyme, oregano, basil, parley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or less)
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Roast for 45 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Process briefly to leave slightly chunky, and freeze in 2-cup portions. Makes 2 quarts (4 pounds).

Adapted from This Organic Life, by Joan Dye Gussow. Copyright (c) 2001 by Joan Dye Gussow. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from This Organic Life, by Joan Dye Gussow.



Lovely! Thanks! This is prefect timing for me as it is just coming to the end of the tomotes in my veggie patch and they are a bit 'end of season-y' and not as wonderful as they were and this recipe will be the perfect way to use them up ! It sounds a great recipe.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey4 years ago

This is a life saver of a recipe. When my tomatoes produce, they do so all at once.

Miranda Parkinson
Miranda P4 years ago

great recipe!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby4 years ago


Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

This is for health and for our guts

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy! Thanks.

Abbe A.
Azaima A6 years ago

Better than ragu