Here at Monk’s we have a deep love for heirloom tomatoes.. We may even have an overly healthy addiction to them. We are just suckers for the beautiful colors and all their unique qualities. From the green zebras to the purple heart varieties we have found heirloom tomatoes taking over our fridge!! So if you’re like us and have a few pounds of tomatoes sitting around that are just slightly past perfect here’s a recipe for you!
Now most recipes say to boil and peel the tomatoes but we decided to do the exact opposite! Roasted and with the skins on! Tomatoes are chalk full of amazing nutrients! They contain carotene lycopene on of the most powerful antioxidants. It’s said that the lycopene in cooked tomatoes can help prevent prostate cancer!
additionally to pack a healthy punch we added some roasted garlic. we all know garlic is great for keeping away vampires and such. But, it’s also full of antioxidants, great for over all heart health, and is a natural anti-inflammatory to name a few.
ROASTED HEIRLOOM TOMATO SAUCE
5lbs of tomatoes- any variety will work beautifully
5 cloves of garlic in skins
1/4” cup of olive oil
11/2 tsp kosher salt - (1/2tsp for roasting)
1 tsp black pepper - (1/2tsp for roasting)
1 cup of white wine- (dry table wine works well. this step can be skipped with out loosing to much flavor also)
2 tsp dry Italian seasoning mix
- preheat the oven to 325.
- cut tomatoes in half and place on 2 13x9 baking dishes sliced side up. try not to crowed the tomatoes so they can all get a nice char to the skins
- wrap garlic in a foil pouch and place in 1 of the roasting pans
- drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, roast for 1 hour, check and rotate for 30 minutes.
-turn the heat up to 400 for the last 30 minutes so everything gets a good char.
-pour everything in the pan into the food processor or blender and pulse for a few minutes
-pour into a sauce pan with all the remaining ingredients. Simmer on medium low for 30-90 minutes. The sauce will thicken the longer you let it cook.
we decided to make some ciabatta pizzas with our sauce but you could really do anything with it from this point. Enjoy!