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Fresh Tomato Sauce in 5 Minutes

fresh tomato sauce

When tomatoes are in peak season, they’re so good it’s almost a shame to cook them. But sometimes you just want a hot meal!

This fresh tomato sauce offers a perfect solution. You get the taste of fresh tomatoes but in a hot format, and the whole meal is ready in 10 minutes – just the amount of time it takes to cook the noodles.

You really don’t need a recipe for this (though there’s one at the bottom if you are the follow-directions type). Simply blend fresh tomato chunks, basil, 1-2 cloves of garlic and salt in a blender or food processor

fresh tomato sauce

fresh tomato sauce

fresh tomato sauce

then toss with hot pasta.

fresh tomato sauce

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. That’s it.

If you’re in a real hurry, use angel hair noodles which are ready in 3-4 minutes.

I promise everyone in the family will love this meal – especially if you let each person sprinkle her own cheese 🙂

fresh tomato sauce

Fresh Tomato Sauce
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Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small handful fresh basil leaves
  • 3 lbs fresh tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Place garlic cloves in a food processor or blender and finely chop.
  2. Scrape down sides, then add tomatoes, basil and salt to the blender.
  3. Pulse until desired consistency is reached - I like to leave it a little chunky.
  4. Toss with hot pasta, then serve with plenty of Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

How do you like to use fresh tomatoes?

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  • Jamie
    August 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    How wonderfully simple! I dreamed of fresh tomato sauces this Spring but unfortunately I think my tomato plants have blight.

  • Aisling @ Sunny Side Up
    August 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Looks delish Amelia and so quick! I’m going to try making gazpacho for the first time so got some good looking tomatoes!

  • Amelia
    August 10, 2013 at 9:59 am

    How sad! I don’t have plants either – I just go to the farmer’s market at the very end when vendors are hoping to get rid of their tomatoes, especially the soft ones, and get them for cheap. Perfect for sauces, salsa, and roasting!

  • Amelia
    August 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Add onions, peppers, cucumbers and a little lemon juice or vinegar to this recipe and you have gazpacho!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    August 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Beautiful pictures! I like to use fresh tomatoes just to snack on – I could eat cherry tomatoes by the pound!

  • Amelia
    August 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Me too – sometimes I can’t believe how sweet they are!

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