We hope this Recipe Page will inspire you to create wonderful dishes using fresh, tasty and interesting ingredients and in many cases, make good use of gluts in home-grown produce. There is nothing better than home-grown food - it's cheaper, it's tastier, and it's amazingly satisfying eating something you've grown from seed or a tiny plant. Oh, and there's some indulgent desserts and treats in here containing zero veggies too!
Whether you have a vegetable plot, an allotment or some pots on a balcony, enjoy growing, harvesting and cooking!
Preserve that glut of tomatoes
A wonderful, simple, wholesome sauce that can be served with pasta, as a pizza topping, in chilli con carne or bolognaise sauce.
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
IngredientsAny amount of tomatoes can be used. There is no fixed rule on ingredient portions and most ingredients are optional.
A bowlful of ripe tomatoes, halved
Garlic clove – chopped
Olive Oil – enough to drizzle over the tomatoes
Balsamic vinegar – enough to drizzle over the tomatoes
Fresh or dried chopped basil or oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
Roughly chopped large onion
Roughly chopped yellow or green small courgettes
Heat oven to 180 degrees C.
Chop tomatoes roughly and place in a large roasting tin.
Add the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper, and any of the optional items you are using.
Drizzle over olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Place in the over and took for approximately 45 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft and the onion is caramelising.
Carefully remove from the oven and leave to cool.
When cool enough to be safe, whizz with a hand blender until smooth or pour into a food processor to blend in batches.
Keep refrigerated and use within a few days or pour into freezer bags, label and freeze.
Note: wear an apron when handling the sauce and pouring into bags – it will splash and tomato juice is a devil to remove!