Fresh Tomato Sauce Pasta – A Wonderful Way with Tomatoes

October 15, 2011 , In: Mains , With: 2 Comments

I love fresh tomatoes, although I think I may have missed the boat a little on tomato season here in Montreal.  If anyone still has fresh tomatoes to use up, this is a quick, fantastic and way more delicious than it looks recipe for fresh tomato pasta sauce.  I use it time and time again and it never fails to wow.  Don’t be scared about the salt or oil content – it is amazing and doesn’t taste oily. Plus I think the salt and oil help break down the tomatoes.

Fresh Tomato Sauce
Adapted from Fine Cooking, August/September 2007, p. 39

2 lbs (900 grams) tomatoes (3-4)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh basil
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste

  • Core and dice your tomatoes.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the ingredients as well as the cooked pasta.
  • Let the sauce sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to 3 hours.  The ingredients will begin to breakdown and get all saucy so this is an important step.
  • Cook your favourite pasta and combine with the sauce.
So easy and so delicious!  I’ve used any type of pasta with this, although spaghetti probably doesn’t pick up the chunky sauce as well as a larger type pasta.  I’ve also used dried spices instead of fresh and it was fine.  Obviously just don’t use 1/3 cup of dried basil – 1-2 tbsp dried basil should be fine.

ps I love my new Speedflash!  I dismantled the ‘photography studio’ for the nursery which I used for all my previous natural light photos.  I took these at night and I think they look pretty good – no need to wait until the weekend any more.   Thanks to my wonderful husband for the gift 🙂

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