Warning: This is not a quick and easy recipe. You do not want to make it on a weeknight when you get home from a long day at work. Now that we got that out the way... this is an entirely delicious pasta sauce that you DO want to make! And make it soon- before tomato season is over!! As I have said before, I was always "anti- making my own pasta sauce" because I didn't think it could be that much better. But, I have to say, it is really worth it when you have the time. This recipe is similar to the sauce I made earlier this year, but the big difference is that it uses fresh tomatoes!Ah, so good....
Roasted Tomato Sauce with Turkey Sausage (adapted from Culinary Disaster)
- 3 lbs tomatoes (I used fresh Roma from our farmer's market)
- 1 red pepper
- 5 cloves garlic
- olive oil, about 2-3 Tbsp total
- 1 cup red wine (I used a pinot noir)
- 1 onion
- 1 lb spicy turkey sausage, casing removed
- pinch of rosemary, thyme, and oregano
- dash of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut an X in the bottom of the tomatoes (just enough to break the skin).
- Place the pepper, tomatoes, and garlic cloves on a baking sheet and rub with 1-2 Tbsp olive oil.
- Roast for 45 minutes to an hour. If they do not look charred at this point, you may want to broil them for a few minutes. (I broiled mine on low for about 5-10 minutes at the end.)
- Remove pan from the oven and cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes. This will make everything easier to peel.
- Peel tomatoes, pepper, and garlic once they are cool enough to handle.
- Heat a medium or large pan with about 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
- Add turkey sausage to the pan, stirring to crumble. Once sausage is cooked, remove it from the pan.
- Add onion to the pan and saute until it softens.
- Add the cup of wine to the pan to deglaze, scraping any browned bits from the sausage and onion with a wooden spoon. Reduce wine by half.
- While it is reducing, blend the peeled pepper, tomatoes, and garlic. I used my wonderful stick blender, but you can use a regular blender if you don't have one.
- Add tomato mixture and spices (oregano, rosemary, and thyme) to the pan with the wine and onion. Raise to a simmer.
- Add the sausage back to the pan and simmer together for about 30 minutes.