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Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

This is the time of the year when tomatoes are in abundance if you have a garden or visit your local farmer’s market.  Don’t waste the left over tomatoes from your garden.  Roasting Fresh tomatoes gives a great taste to any marinara sauce recipe.

Roasting fresh tomatoes brings out their natural sweetness

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes Make Sauces Taste so Much Better

I love sweet tomatoes straight off the vine in salads and just sliced for a luncheon plate or a sandwich.  But what to do with the excess?   You can freeze and can them, but my favorite way to use them when I have extras is to roast them and then use them for sauces.

If you have never done this before, you are in for a treat.  Roasting them is so easy.  Just follow these steps.  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Plump Roma Tomatoes

I started with plump Roma tomatoes this time. They are plentiful and not too watery to start with.Sliced tomatoes ready for roasting

Slice the tomatoes in half and lay them cut side down on a baking sheet sprayed with a little Pam cooking spray.  Remember to cut out the area where the tomato joined on the vine for easy skin removal later.Roasted tomatoes with the skins on

Roast the tomatoes for 15-20 minutes until the skins start to wrinkled.    Mine took about 20 minutes.Use tongs to peel the skins from roasted tomatoes

Use a pair of kitchen tongs to gently remove the skins from the tomato flesh.  If you slice the place where the tomato joined the vine before roasting, they will come right off with very little effortRoasted tomatoes with skins removed

These have all had the skins removed and only the tomato flesh remains. These may look just like whole canned tomatoes but you won’t believe the difference in taste.tomato skins

Discard the skins that you just peeled off. They make a nice addition to your compost pile!.Roasted tomatoes ready for a sauceRoasting fresh tomatoes is super easy to do. They are now ready to use in your favorite Italian recipes.

Here is a recipe for a wonderful roasted tomato marinara sauce.How to roast fresh tomatoes for sauces.

And a second one for a delicious home made roasted tomato mushroom marinara sauce.

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