This fresh tomato sauce is packed full of the flavours of summer. My easy recipe is a great way to use up a glut of summer tomatoes. Can be frozen.
Everyone needs a good recipe for simple tomato sauce for pasta – this is mine. While I often make a quick tomato sauce using tinned tomatoes this tomato sauce recipe is made with fresh tomatoes.
The fresh tomatoes make all the difference to the flavour. I strongly recommend you try it if you haven’t already!
This recipe is perfect for summer, particularly if you’ve grown your own tomatoes.
This summer we grew our own tomatoes
We grew two tomato plants in our garden this summer.
Things my children enjoyed about this:
- getting covered in mud
- watching the tomatoes grow and ripen
- picking the ripe tomatoes.
Eating them however was a different story. Neither of them has ever been willing to even smell a tomato, let alone eat one!
The kids loved this fresh tomato sauce
With this simple tomato sauce however they both enjoyed the fruits of our hard work in the garden without a single complaint. Stirred through pasta, this sauce makes a perfect summer dinner.
Here are some ideas for how you can enjoy this fresh tomato sauce:
- add extra water or stock and turn it into soup
- use it as a pizza topping
- add lots of roasted vegetables and enjoy it with pasta or cous cous
- stir through ravioli or tortellini (this is my kids’ favourite)
- make pizza toast by spreading this on bread and grating cheese over the top before grilling.
Do you need to skin the tomatoes before making this sauce?
It’s really up to you whether you skin the tomatoes before making your pasta sauce. Personally I think that life is too short for such things so I don’t bother.
If you would like to skin your tomatoes however here is how Delia does it.
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How to make fresh tomato sauce:
Simple tomato sauce for pasta
- 1 kg ripe tomatoes roughly chopped (this is roughly 12 medium tomatoes)
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tbsp finely chopped basil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar optional
Put all the ingredients into a large pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes with the lid on.
Remove the lid, give everything a good stir, and cook for a further 20 minutes, leaving the lid off, until the sauce has thickened.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
You can enjoy this sauce as it is or blend for a smoother result if preferred.
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NB: this recipe and photographs were updated in March 2019