Spicy Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Pasta Sauce


Roasting tomatoes is an easy way to add a flavorful punch to your pasta sauce! Add in light and creamy ricotta and savory Italian sausage and you have the perfect complement to a hearty pasta like cavatappi or farfalle.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds Roma tomatoes, cored and halved lengthwise

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (Optional)

  • 19 ounces ground hot Italian sausage

  • ½ sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 (8 ounce) container ricotta cheese

  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Toss tomatoes, 4 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl. Place tomatoes cut-side up in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until soft and juicy, about 2 hours. Remove from the oven. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Sprinkle remaining 1 teaspoon salt, sugar, Italian seasoning, rosemary, basil, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes evenly over the tomatoes. Drizzle tops of tomatoes with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.

  5. Return baking sheet to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes.

  6. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Cook sausage and onion until sausage is no longer pink and onion softens, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  7. Transfer roasted tomatoes and any juices to a food processor. Process to desired consistency. Add ricotta and Parmesan cheeses and pulse to combine. Pour tomato sauce into a bowl; mix in sausage-onion mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

221 Calories
16g Fat
10g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 221
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 590mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 393mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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