This Smoke Roasted Garden Tomato Sauce is a simple and flavorful way to prepare and preserve those delicious garden tomatoes. Taking the time to slow roast the tomatoes and vegetables over a wood fire concentrates and intensifies the sweetness of the vegetables while infusing everything with a subtle hint of smokiness. As most of my recipes are, this one is adaptable to cooking in your oven, just follow the time and temperature in the recipe.
I have had nearly 50 pounds of tomatoes from my garden this year, so I doubled the recipe and made as much as I possibly could fit on my smoker. My yield was 4 quarts of sauce, which I was thrilled about! If you are a fan of the canning process, you are welcome to take this recipe and preserve in jars as you wish. I knew we would eat our way through the sauce before it would go bad in my freezer so I opted for storing in quart sized freezer bags. Always label with what is inside and the date. This sauce should last for 6 weeks in a regular freezer, or up to 6 months in a deep freezer.
Once my sauce was all finished and frozen, I pulled some out on a busy soccer practice night and whipped up some of the best spaghetti I’ve ever had in my life. I brought my pasta water to a boil and slowly set in the frozen bag of sauce. In just a few minutes, the sauce had defrosted enough to remove from the bag to a sauce pan, where I finished heating through while the noodles cooked. I tossed it all together with some freshly grated Parmesan and a little basil and we were in heaven! This sauce would be absolutely amazing with Italian sausage or on a meatball sub or chicken parm. Anywhere you would use pasta sauce, sub in this homemade tomato sauce and you will blow people’s minds!