Jul 16, 2012

Easy Garden Tomato Sauce



When grape tomatoes are overflowing in your garden, whip up a quick simple sauce! Grape or cherry tomatoes sauteed with olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs are perfect over pasta, grilled chicken or fish. Take advantage of summer tomatoes now while they are at their peak!

This recipe is from the archives from last summer, I've been making it quite often these past few weeks now that grape tomatoes are at their peak so I decided to bring this recipe forward. Perfect over your favorite pasta shape for meatless Mondays in less than 30 minutes.

Meat lovers can add chicken or shrimp for a spectacular summer pasta dish! And for a spectacular way to prepare fish, try this simple fish dish with summer tomato sauce.


Easy Garden Tomato Sauce
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 5 • Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts*
Calories: 72.8 • Fat: 2.7 g • Protein: 0.3 g • Carb: 11.5 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Sugar: 4.8 g
Sodium: 0.6 mg 


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lbs grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped oregano (or fresh basil)
  • 1/8 tsp red crushed pepper flakes

Directions:

In a large non-stick pan, heat oil on high heat. Add garlic and cook until golden.

Add tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper flakes and fresh black pepper and reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Add fresh oregano and cook another 15 minutes.

Make 2 1/2 cups.


*Nutritional info does not include pasta.

57 comments :

  1. This looks SO yum and I want to try to make this ... this would be good with Shrimp, I bet. Thanks for the recipe, as always!

    -Ashley

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  2. I love the simple stuff. I roasted tomatoes the other day and couldn't stop eating them. Tomatoes are one of the things I love most about summer!

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  3. Oh my gosh that picture is absolutely amazing!! Tell me you submitted that to TasteSpotting!! I have a whole bowl of little tomatoes in my fridge that I've been snacking on this week - they are begging to become a part of this sauce :)

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    1. Tomatoes should never be in the refrigerator

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  4. This looks amazing! But why is it 2 pts?

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    1. Yes, I was wondering the same thing?

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    2. olive oil?

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    3. The olive oil itself is only 3 pts and the rest of the ingredients are 0 so I don't understand how 5 servings would be two points each??

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    4. the nutritional info does not include the pasta

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  5. Grape tomatoes are my absolute favorite tomato! I love eating them well, like grapes (heehee) but also love cooking with them. I can almost taste this this sauce because it looks and sounds so good!

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  6. Of all the gluts we get on the farm, tomatoes are my favourite! Do you have any recipes for marrow or courgette/zucchini? I'm almost drowning in them! xx

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  7. Grape tomatoes are so delicious! And your recipe is so delicious too! Oh my G.. tomorrow I'll buy them and prepare this delicious dish, great!

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  8. I love to make a sauce like this... a perfect way to enjoy the fresh tomatoes this time of year.

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  9. Nothing like a simple tomato sauce over fresh pasta! I love it every single time :)

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  10. I am swimming in Roma tomatoes from my garden. Do you think they would work or should I put those in slow cooker?

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  11. sounds delicious, our fridge is full of grape and cherry tomatoes from my grandparents that i will never use up, i'll have to give this a try tonight!

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  12. I just made this for lunch! So nice and simple! Excellent use of all these cherry tomatoes that are overflowing from the garden! Thanks for the keeper, Gina!

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  13. This sauce was delicious! I didn't have any fresh oregano, so I used dried oregano and fresh basil instead. I'm already excited to have my leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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  14. I made this with regular sized tomatoes since it's what I grow in my garden, so I ended up with a lot of liquid, however I LOVED the flavour! Do you have any ideas as to what I could use to thicken up the sauce next time I make it?

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    1. Simmer it uncovered next time so it thickens.

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    2. After you chop your tomatoes, put them in a strainer to eliminate the water. It will make more juice as it cooks.

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  15. Made this recipe last night and it was delicious. Like Alex I also added a bit of basil and a touch more salt and pepper since I had yellow grape tomatoes, which tend to be sweeter. This was great for lunch cold as a pasta salad!

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  16. I have made this recipe two times in the past month. It is delicious and super easy to make!

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  17. Have made this a lot, and absolutely love it! It's a great topper for toast too if you want a smaller snack.

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  18. I made this last night and it was amazing! I love cherry tomatoes, and bought a bunch (they're cheaper than regular tomatoes where I live, in West Africa). They got super ripe, and I was lamenting the thought of them going bad, and that's when I saw your recipe. And, the cool thing is that I had exactly 1.5 lbs left! I ate a whole cup over homemade whole wheat pasta, and it was fantastic with the smallest sprinkle of parmesan. I can't wait to make it again! Have you ever made a big batch and frozen it in smaller portions? I'm tempted to, but would love your thoughts. Thanks!

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    1. I make a big batch and freeze it in canning jars.

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  19. making this right now! Smells wonderful! Of course it will be good!! Grape tomatoes were really cheap this week and ended up with 7 containers! (my son eats them like candy and him and my husband love them for snacks.) I knew I had too much... this is perfect! Putting mine over some italian-style chicken breast to give it a little more flare. Yum!

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  20. This looks divine! I make a dish similar to this called pomodoro fresca. I learned how to make it in Italy. Thanks for posting.

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  21. We have a ton a grape tomatoes coming up in our garden. I am going to have to try this ASAP.

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  22. These look delicious!Thanks for sharing, Gina

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  23. did you ever think of maybe uploading some videos? i cook with a lot of your recipes and a video from time to time would be great!!

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    1. I've thought of it, but have no experience with it.

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  24. Can I can this? I have a ton of mason jars. Do you do any canning recipes? I love you Gina! Thank you so much. As like a lot of the posters I have a ton of cherry tomatoes coming in my garden now and hubby doesn't eat tomatoes! ekkkkk

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    1. Thank you!! I don't have too much experience with canning so I don't want to steer you wrong.

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  25. Wow! Cool recipe...easy and yummy. :)

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  26. Love your recipes Gina! Just curious - why is this 2 points/serving? Isn't the only point coming from the oil?

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  27. Just made it this evening with fresh basil. I left the sauce with more liquid since I started cooking late. Was still very delicious.

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  28. I just whipped this up tonight and wow - deliciously simple!

    Since I didn't have grape tomatoes, I just chopped up a couple roma tomatoes and then tossed the toss with spaghetti squash. FANTASTIC!

    Thank you for sharing another yummy recipe, I will certainly be making this again and again :)

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  29. Prefect simple recipe for the perfection that is a summer North Carolina tomato!

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  30. This looks great! So much better than anything canned!

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  31. I have a bunch of homegrown maters that I will use tonight in this method. YUM!

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  32. My husband loves anything I make from your site, but his one is his favorite!

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  33. Gina you are a genius. I had grape tomatoes in my fridge and didnt know what to do with them. This was delicious. I put it on top a a Tilapia filet and it tasted like heaven. Can you please put more recipes using green beans. My garden is overflowing with them.

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  34. Made this for dinner tonight using grape tomatoes and basil and oregano I have growing. DELICIOUS! Definately use fresh garlic. Grilled chicken slices would also be wonderful on top. Thanks for a winning recipe!

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  35. Delicious! I'm trying to cut carbs, so I skipped the pasta and tossed in some shrimp towards the end of the simmering. Served it with a simple green salad for a complete meal. PERFECT!

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  36. Yummy yummy yummy!!! This tasted so good!!!

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  37. Made this and instead of pasta used spaghetti squash. Also only used three cloves of garlic. Will be making again soon.

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  38. oh my amazing!!!! now i know what im doing with all these grape tomatoes i have gorwing :)))) thanks bunches

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  39. Just made for dinner amazing, fast and easy looooved it. I added mushrooms and next time ill add shrimp yum!! Keep up the great recipes Gina!! they make my weight loss journey easy and healthy <3

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  40. I made this twice since I found out about the recipe. I LOVE IT! The last time I had some leftovers and I melted a wedge of laughing cow light garlic and herb cheese it in and put it over spaghetti squash! yumm. The cheese gave it a nice creamy texture and taste without adding a lot of extra calories!

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  41. Thank you for posting this recipe. I have made variations on it but always by trial and error, so it's handy to have a concrete version to work with.

    I make a similar sauce using roasted cherry tomatoes that I wrote about on my Cooking Ripe! blog:
    http://cookingripe.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/roasted-cherry-tomatoes-simple-savories/

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  42. Love this. I'm always in a hurry and I need quick and easy recipes.

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  43. This was so good! I used basil instead of oregano. Will def be making this a lot!

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  44. I always love this recipe. I love it on top of Tilapia ... no noodles! I always try to make this when I find grape tomatoes on sale!

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