Day-Off Diet Fresh Roasted Tomato Sauce

This Day-Off Diet homemade sauce is very versatile. Add a small amount on top of the vegetable of your choice to change up your options. Plus, you can mix it with 2 ounces of cooked protein, 2 cups of cooked whole-grain pasta, and unlimited veggies for a delicious pasta recipe. Find out more about the Day-Off Diet and take the Day-Off Diet Assessment so you can find out which social support group is right for you.

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6 Roma tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 whole dried red chiles, or 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup fresh torn basil

1. Preheat the oven to broil.


2. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place in a small bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper.


3. Place the tomatoes cut side down on a baking pan and place in the oven to cook until the skin is lightly blistered, about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.    


4. Remove the skins from the tomatoes. If they have been properly roasted, the skin should lift easily from the tomato. Reserve any juices that came from the tomatoes while cooking.


5. Place the skinned tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the remaining olive oil, garlic, red pepper, basil, and a pinch of salt. Puree until mostly smooth. Keeps refrigerated up to 10 days. 



Recipe provided by James Briscione, chef instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education.