Green Tomato Pasta Sauce

"Excellent tangy sauce and a great way to use up those fall green tomatoes. You can add cooked chicken into the sauce to make it heartier if you like."
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  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Spray a large shallow baking dish with cooking oil. Lay the tomatoes in the dish and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the olive. Bake uncovered until tomatoes soften somewhat, about 25 minutes.
  • In a mini food processor, chop the garlic and basil together. Sprinkle the garlic/basil on top of the tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake until soft and lightly carmelized, another 25 minutes. Remove from oven and place in a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times, but leave the sauce chunky. Put in sauce pan to reheat and add cooked chicken if desired.
  • Serve over hot cooked pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Doris T.
    Can this green tomato sauce be frozen?
  2. Adrea A.
    Can I can this sauce?


  1. WiGal
    First frost warning was last night so wanted to make good use of dh's work with tomatoes! Tangy, delicious, easy, and healthy. Am going to store this in veggies cookbook plus leftovers cookbook b/c if I have leftover basil pesto this would work great for second roasting phase. Didn't add leftover chicken but can see that would be good too. Thank you 2hot2handle for sharing. Made for Spanish forum event.
  2. jmolson85
    DELICIOUS. I have SO many green tomatoes this fall and have been searching high and low for what to do with them (other than the standard relish and chutney). This recipe is completely delicious and easy. I'm actually making big batches and freezing them. It's so fresh tasting that it will be a welcome taste of the garden during cold winter months. And full disclosure, i've never had green tomatoes before and found the flavor completely approachable - highly recommend to everyone!
  3. Chef Stiles
    Oh This was so good. I can green tomatoes every year for winter and alway looking for ways to use them. I did add a big can of reg spaghetti sauce. Thanks
  4. limeleaf
    Really enjoyed this! I used parsley and dill instead of basil, since that’s what I had from the garden. I really liked the cooking method here; great way to use up the last tomatoes.
  5. Kat B.
    Tastes great, used sauce both for pasta and as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets. Now I wish I had MORE green tomatoes


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