When friends call with extra tomatoes, I take them up on it. I love to make marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes. It’s actually not as difficult as it seems. You really don’t need to peel the tomatoes. My Fresh Tomato Basil Marinara is made with the traditional beefsteak tomatoes. This Roasted Tomato Blender Marinara is made with Plum or Roma tomatoes. The difference in the two is the moisture content.
Beefsteak tomatoes have far more juice than Plum or Roma. The meaty texture of the smaller Roma style tomatoes makes them perfect for roasting. They are sweet and caramelized without a lot of work or excess liquid. If you like a thicker and heartier pasta sauce, this recipe is for you.
I highly recommend using parchment paper on your sheet pans for this recipe. It makes the whole process smoother and will save your sheet pans from being ruined. The tomatoes really cook down and become kinda sticky. With the first test of this recipe, I didn’t use parchment. This was definitely a mistake. Other than making sure you use parchment, this is such an easy recipe. Forty minutes of roasting and you have a Marinara sauce that tastes like you slow cooked it all day long.
I really hope you make this easy marinara recipe. This Roasted Tomato Blender Marinara is going to be my go to recipe when I come across a sale on Roma tomatoes. I was lucky enough to get the tomatoes for free this time, so it’s not only easy, but cost effective! I am using this sauce for pizza or pasta. You can even add meat and serve it over spaghetti.
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