Chocolate Mint Tomato Sauce

July 17, 2016

This week features the cheery chocolate mint plant that sits on the window sill and reaches for the sun each morning. Amazingly, the leaves of the chocolate mint plant indeed taste like mint chocolate chip ice cream.


Sporting this fact, this plant provides the perfect flavor profile to add an interesting note to such an iconic sauce.

Try this recipe on your favorite pasta with grilled lamb, feta cheese, roasted kale, and grape tomatoes for a delicious meal any time of the day! 


Go forth and cook!


Chocolate Mint Tomato Sauce

“An herbaceous tomato sauce with fleeting chocolate notes.”


Prep Time: 20 minutes                                           Total Time: 1 hour                                   Servings: 4




  • 4 pounds tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 4 ounces yellow onion

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 

  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil

  • 1 teaspoon chocolate-mint leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese


  1. Drizzle 4 garlic cloves with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil for roasting. 

  2. Toss tomatoes and onion with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and transfer to a baking tray along with the garlic. Roast at 425° Fahrenheit until golden and the skin begins to peel away from the tomatoes, about 20 minutes. 

  3. Transfer roasted vegetables to a blender and puree until smooth. 

  4. Transfer to a small sauce pot and add the remaining ingredients. 

  5. Set to medium/low heat and reduce by half, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


  *Dollop some sauce onto a place. If water leaches out, continue reducing until no water comes out.

  *Toss with gnocchi and top with grilled lamb, feta, and kale for an amazing meal. 


Nutrition Information                                    %Daily Value       

  Serving Size: 1 Serving                                                                                                         *Based on a 2000 calorie diet 

Calories: 193                                         Added Sugars: 1g              Vitamin A                                                             19%

Total Fat:                                                                            12g               Vitamin B6                                                         29%

    Saturated Fat:                                                                2g               Vitamin B12                                                         4%

Cholesterol:                                                                     3mg               Vitamin C                                                          60%

Sodium:                                                                         659mg                Vitamin D                                                           0%

Potassium:                                                                   939mg                Iron                                                                       16%

Total Carbohydrates:                                                     19g               Calcium                                                                 9%

    Dietary Fiber:                                                                5g               Riboflavin                                                             8%

Protein:                                                                             5g                Folate                                                                  16%

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