Clean Eating Roasted Tomato Sauce

A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d give this ago, with 5 fussy children I wondered how they would like a home made sauce….they loved it.  This can also be changed adding herbs to make a pizza sauce too which I have done, adding things like basil and oregano!

Roasted Tomato Sauce
  • 10 medium-sized tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375°F

2. Wash and cut tomatoes in half. Place on a lined baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with oil and a pinch of sea salt.  Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes or so, until tomatoes are caramelized and fragrant.

3. While the tomatoes are cooking, heat some oil in a large pot and add onions, a pinch of sea salt, black pepper, garlic, chili flakes, star anise, bay leaves, and coriander. Cook until the onions soften slightly, about 5 minutes. When the bottom of the pot gets dry, deglaze the pot with balsamic vinegar.

4. Once slightly cool, place tomatoes and cooked onion mix (remove star anise and bay leaves, but save for later) in a food processor and blend on high to puree. Using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, press puree through a mesh sieve back into the pot.)

5. Add back the star anise and bay leaves, bring a boil, reduce to simmer, and cook until thickened (5-10 minutes). Season to taste. If it is not tangy enough, add a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.

6. Once the ketchup has slightly cooled, pour into a clean glass container and store in the fridge for a week.  You can freeze this too!
I served this with chicken schnitzel which i dipped in egg and then in coconut flour and sweet potato fries!  The kids and I had fun plating up, my kids love my kitchen rules and masterchef so they like to help the plating up side of things. 

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