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Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta


Fresh Tomatoes and Basil come together in a simple homemade sauce that is comfort food at its best!  This recipe originally appeared in our Savoring the Seasons Cook Book.  Find it, here!


4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup finely diced onion
56 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
3 pounds fresh plum tomatoes (about 6 cups chopped)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup (or more) chopped fresh basil
1/2 pound angel hair pasta, or other pasta, cooked according to package instructions
1/2 cup (or more) fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet to medium heat.  When hot, add oil to coat pan. Add onion and garlic and saute, stirring frequently, until onion is tender (about 4-5 minutes).
  2. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, vinegar, and sugar.  Stir gently, breaking up tomatoes with a back of a spoon a bit until they release some juices and come to a simmer.  Simmer about 45 minutes, uncovered, stirring periodically until reduced and thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in basil and parmesan, toss with pasta and top with additional parmesan if desired.


As you are chopping your tomatoes, squeeze out the inside “juice” (pulp and seeds) so your sauce doesn’t contain too much liquid.

If you would like your sauce to be thicker, simply simmer longer.