Fettuccine with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Meet my new favorite tomato sauce.  I have to say, I was actually surprised at how good this was. I noticed this recipe in a Williams Sonoma cookbook last year and but had to wait until tomatoes were in season before I could make it.  Without a doubt, this was definitely worth the wait. The recipe itself is so simple – just tomatoes and a few other vegetables roasted until tender, blended together in the food processor and served over warm pasta. But don’t let the simplicity of it fool you – this sauce is so full of flavor that I couldn’t stop “taste-testing” it straight out of the pot.  Yes, it’s that good. Even if you have a tried and true favorite pasta sauce (we did!), give this one a try.  I’m not convinced I’ll ever go back to our previous favorite.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

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Fettuccine with Roasted Tomato Sauce


2 red bell peppers, seeded and quartered
2 yellow onions, cut into wedges
3 lbs Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 heads garlic, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper
1 lb Fettuccini


Preheat the oven to 450. Place the peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables until tender and golden, 30-35 minutes. Let cool until easy to handle.

Remove and discard the skins from the roasted peppers and tomatoes and transfer the flesh to the bowl of a food processor. Squeeze the roasted garlic from the cloves into the bowl and add the onions and basil. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a saucepan and heat on low until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water to thin out sauce if it is too thick. Serve pasta immediately, accompanied by the sauce.

from the Williams Sonoma Make Ahead cookbook

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15 Responses to “Fettuccine with Roasted Tomato Sauce”

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — September 15, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    This looks wonderful, Megan! We made a roasted tomato soup that I absolutely love — there’s something great and special about roasting tomatoes – so I’m sure this sauce will be a favorite of ours too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Kim — September 15, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I am making this tonight. I needed something different for dinner and something quick. Also, since the temperatures around here are dropping, I won’t mind heating the oven up. Thank you!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — September 16, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    I love a good, homemade pasta sauce. Yum!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — September 16, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    i made a roasted pasta sauce earlier this summer…it is soooo good! mine was a little different, but the same concept. :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 16, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    That roasted tomato sauce sounds delicious and your photos look fantastic!

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    Julie M. — September 16, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    that looks wonderful Megan! I love the addition of the red peppers!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 16, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Wow, this sounds delicious! Different enough to be really interesting but familiar enough that all the family will enjoy it! Great job.

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    Jan — September 17, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    I heart roasted tomatoes! I often roast tomatoes to make tomato sauce, but this sauce sounds like another incredible option for roasted tomatoes :)

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — September 17, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    looks fabulous!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 17, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I love homemade sauce! This is even better. It’s quick too :)

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    marla — September 19, 2011 @ 2:47 am

    Megan, this pasta looks awesome!
    Love roasted tomato sauce.
    Have you joined us at Project Lunch Box yet? This post would be a great link up

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — October 9, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    We made this tonight, Megan! It was a great change up from our traditional crockpot spaghetti sauce. Thanks.

    • megan replied: — October 13th, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      Glad you liked it! (Sorry for the late response!) :)

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    Jodi — August 25, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    We love this sauce, but I set off the smoke alarms every time I make it. Any suggestions on how to make it smoke less?


    • megan replied: — August 28th, 2012 @ 6:26 am

      Unfortunately, I’m not sure! I just made it last week and it didn’t smoke at all. Does it smoke the whole time, or just at the end? Maybe try turning the oven temp down a little, or or taking them out sooner? Sorry I’m not more help!

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