Fresh-from-the-Garden Tomato Parmesan Sauce

Take advantage of summer tomatoes by doing very little to them.

It’s tomato season! Whether from the farmers market, your local grocer or plucked right off your own backyard vines, fresh tomatoes are versatile and delicious. This month, we’re partnering with Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt to share tips, insights and recipes featuring tomatoes.

Warm weekday nights should be all about quick and easy dinners. Not to mention, taking advantage of the season’s best produce. And what could be better than utilizing some fresh-from-the-market tomatoes, emerald basil and a good bit of pasta?

Sure, you can make a mean homemade tomato sauce with some canned San Marzano tomatoes in the winter time. But when tomato season comes along, it is a culinary sin not to try your hand at a fresh tomato sauce.

Bonus: This recipe is simpler than you’d think.

This sauce makes a flavorful but simple sauce, and can really be as basic as blending some fresh Romas and Big Boys into a smooth puree then serving over pasta. Feel free to make it your own by adding a splash of cream, more herbs, or chopped onions, carrots or celery. Or, if you are looking for a fresh take on a starter, skip the pasta and serve as a crisp tomato soup with a crust of bread. The idea here is that, with great tomatoes, very little needs to be done to turn them into a meal.

Live.Love.Lux Tip: Simmer to perfection with your Electrolux Gas Range — using the precise heat for delicious results.

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Tomato Parmesan Sauce

"Try using Pecorino for a sharper bite, or cook the sauce for a bit longer with a good bit of butter to add depth and richness." — Ashley

Servings: 2 cups of sauce

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Ingredients

1 pound tomatoes

2 ounces Parmesan, cut into small pieces

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup fresh basil

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

In a blender, combine the tomatoes, Parmesan, garlic, basil, olive oil, and salt. Blend until completely smooth. Simmer the sauce over medium heat for 30 minutes to thicken it up a bit. 

Taste and adjust seasoning and serve tossed with warmed pasta.

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