What to Do with Fresh Tomatoes?

shopping for tomatoes at the farmer\'s market

If you grow your own garden, chances are that you have plenty of tomatoes ready to be harvested. If you are out of ideas on how to use them, I got one cooking technique and two recipes for you.

No-pain Crushed Tomatoes

If the recipe called for a can of crushed tomatoes, make your own. On Gourmet, I found a technique that does not involved blanching to remove the tomato skin. Seriously, who has the time to do that? Best of all, his technique takes 10 seconds and uses a tool that everyone has in its kitchen.

what to do with all these fresh tomatoes

Watch the video where food editor Ian Knauer demonstrated the technique. Once you made your crusted tomatoes, you will be ready to prepare his summery Angel-hair with fresh tomato sauce.

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

If you have plum tomatoes ready to be harvested, make a simple pasta recipe for dinner. For an everyday meal, I enjoy the taste of this penne with roasted tomato sauce recipe by Chef Michael Smith. You need to start the sauce one hour before dinner time. What I like is that the sauce is done in a few simple preparation steps. You will free to do whatever you like during the one-hour cooking time.

All you need to cook the perfect pasta is two tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Plus, you should never rinse your pasta. Drain the water and put directly the pasta in the sauce.

+ Angel-hair with fresh tomato sauce by Ian Knauer on Gourmet
+ Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe by Chef Michael Smith – photo from

  • Erin
    September 2, 2009 at 21:49

    I am so excited. I am literally going to do this right now!!

  • Mia Bella Candles
    September 3, 2009 at 09:09

    Excellent I am loving these ideas here and thanks for sharing.

  • Mia Bella Candles
    September 3, 2009 at 09:11

    I have a ton of tomatoes coming in finally now. I never knew not to rinse pasta. The video was excellent and much appreciated as we harvest our tomatoes.