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You can easily make tomato sauce from cherry tomatoes with just a few ingredients. Cherry tomatoes infused with fresh garlic and Italian seasonings make this cherry tomato sauce perfect on pasta, over roasted vegetables, or with a side of artisan bread.

When my garden is full of tomatoes, I have plenty of tomatoes to make all the homemade salsa recipes I love. My Easy Tomato Sauce and Homemade Pizza Sauce go a long way when making pizza. I also like to make a large batch of spaghetti sauce because my family will be eating it all week!

What does cherry tomato sauce taste like?

Cherry tomatoes make a surprisingly rustic and flavorful sauce! If you’re not familiar with cherry tomatoes, you’re probably wondering what’s different about them. Cherry tomatoes are much sweeter than larger tomatoes. They produce more pectin than most tomatoes. Pectin is what helps tomato sauce get nice and thick.

Everyone knows that when you plant tomatoes, it’s best to have ready-made recipes for growing them! What can you do with overcrowded tomatoes in your garden? Try using them in this amazing baked chicken or on these tasty skewers as a side dish. I also like to make this salad in the summer with fresh cherry tomatoes.

What do you need for cherry tomato sauce?

Using fresh tomatoes always makes tomato sauce so much more homey and adds so much flavor. I always make sure to plant cherry tomatoes and fresh basil so I can make this rustic sauce. You can find fresh cherry tomatoes and basil year-round in most stores, so the good news is you can make this sauce anytime! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is my favorite because it has a little more flavor.
  • Garlic: I always like to use fresh garlic. It adds such a delicious flavor and I want to put it on everything!
  • Cherry tomatoes: Keep your cherry tomatoes whole. Just remove the stems and leave the skin on. Just try to resist devouring them all!
  • Salt: The salt helps to balance all the flavors of the tomato sauce.
  • Pepper: Cracked black pepper is always what I look for to add some flavor but not too hot.
  • Italian dressing: The addition of Italian dressing gives a perfect flavor to the sauce! I love homemade Italian dressings, but feel free to use store bought.

How do you prepare cherry tomato sauce?

The beauty of this cherry tomato sauce is that it does not require blanching or skinning of the tomatoes to prepare. It comes together so quickly that it makes a great weeknight dinner. One tip I’ve learned when making tomato sauce is to add just a pinch of sugar. This helps balance the flavors if the sauce tastes sour.

  1. Hot pan and oil: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and cook for about a minute.
  2. Add the garlic: Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant and soft.
  3. Combine: Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and fresh basil if desired.
  4. Cooked: Cook and mix the sauce for 10-15 minutes. Let the sauce cook over medium-low heat until the tomatoes burst.
  5. Mixture: Mash the tomatoes with a pureeing utensil. You can also use the back of a fork to mash the tomatoes.
  6. Decorate and serve: Garnish with fresh basil and serve over pasta, with a side of bread, or add meat.

variations

This cherry tomato sauce is SO versatile and you will love the many ways you can enjoy it! You decide how to serve it! It’s a crowd-pleasing sauce and will be the perfect option for your gluten-free guests, too.

  • Add the cheese: You can never go wrong with parmesan, mozzarella, or any grated Italian cheese on top! A dollop of ricotta or burrata would be SO amazing with this sauce and add creaminess to the sauce. This is my favorite way to enjoy this sauce!
  • On Pasta: Boil and drain the pasta you want! This sweet cherry tomato sauce topped with pasta is out of this world. I like to serve this sauce with angel hair or spaghetti.
  • Add the meat: Add some protein by adding ground beef, ground pork, or ground turkey! Grilled sausage or chicken would also be delicious for any meat lover!
  • Prepare it without gluten: Zucchini noodles or pumpkin noodles are great gluten-free options. Any cooked or sautéed vegetables would make a great base for this sauce. And don’t forget the Parmesan cheese on top!
  • Add a side of bread: The artisan crusty bread on the side would taste delicious! Any toast to dip in the sauce would be perfect.
  • Make it spicy: Feel free to add a little heat and spice up your sauce by adding chili flakes! I love the extra kick it gives to the sauce.
  • Decorate with fresh herbs: Garnish with fresh basil leaves or chopped fresh parsley. Adds great flavor and vibrant color to tomato sauce making for a beautiful presentation!

Tips for storing leftovers

Storing cherry tomato sauce is as easy as making it! This recipe is great for leftovers, and you can use any extras you have available for lunch or dinner during the week. I think the flavors are even better the next day and I know you will too!

  • Refrigerate: Store chilled cherry tomato sauce in an airtight container. Be sure to pour all the juices from the sauce into the container. You’ll want to save every drop! Put the container in the refrigerator and it will last you up to 5 days.
  • To reheat: Cover and microwave sauce until hot. You can also reheat it on the stove. Simply add the sauce to a saucepan and cook for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Be sure to cover the pan with a lid to prevent the sauce from spilling out.

My family loves pasta and I love it when pasta recipes are easy to make. It is a victory for all of us! You must include these delicious pasta recipes in your next weekly meal plan!


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and cook for about a minute.

  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant and soft.

  • Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and fresh basil if desired.

  • Cook and mix the sauce for 10-15 minutes. Let the sauce cook over medium-low heat until the tomatoes burst.

  • Mash tomatoes with a puree utensil until desired consistency is achieved. You can also use the back of a fork to mash the tomatoes.

  • Garnish with fresh basil. Serve over pasta, with a side of bread, or add meat.



Servants: 4

Calories141kcal (7%) Carbohydrates11g (4%) Protein2g (4%) Fat11g (17%) Saturated Fat1g (5%) Polyunsaturated Fat1g Monounsaturated Fat8gSodium317mg (13%) Potassium534mg (15%) Fiber2g (8%) Sugar6g117% (23%) Vitamin C55mg (67%) Calcium41mg (4%) Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value varies based on brands used, measurement methods, and serving sizes per family.

Dinner, Sauce

italian american cuisine

Keyword 20 minutes, gluten-free, vegetarian

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