Fresh tomato, basil and garlic sauce is one of our all-time favorite recipes. Fresh tomatoes and basil are one of the BEST parts of summer, and they really shine in this simple recipe.
In fact, Jesse and I love this recipe so much that we now just call it “awesome” for short! Fresh tomato, basil and garlic sauce IS a bit of a mouthful, after all. 🙂
If you want this sauce to really shine, be sure to make it with flavorful, in-season ingredients. While technically you can find all of these foods at grocery stores year-round, the results are truly divine when you use farm-fresh/homegrown tomatoes and basil. I do NOT recommend trying to make this sauce with out-of-season tomatoes. You will probably disappointed.
You can enjoy this sauce with many different foods. Many years ago, we ate it with regular pasta shells, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. When we were grain-free, we used it to top mild fish like hake.
These days we mostly eat it on top of gluten-free corn pasta, with plenty of medium cheddar and Parmesan. I think it would go well with things like chicken, vegetables, or other types of fish. Experiment to see what you like!
This recipe is very mild. Feel free to increase the amount of garlic if you prefer a spicier recipe. Since the garlic is raw, however, I’d recommend proceeding with caution—raw garlic can quickly become overpowering!
- 4 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/3 bell pepper (I prefer red, yellow or orange, but green also works if you don't mind the bite)
- 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine tomatoes, basil, bell pepper, garlic and olive oil in a bowl and mix to combine.
- Allow to marinate at room temperature for about an hour or more, then use as a topping for whatever you desire. Add plenty of salt and pepper to taste after serving.
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