Fresh Tomato Basil Garlic Sauce (a.k.a. “Awesome”)

This is one of those recipes that you can really only make in the summer. While technically you can find the ingredients at grocery stores year-round, what makes this sauce truly divine is the use of farm-fresh/homegrown tomatoes and basil. In fact, Jesse and I love this recipe so much that we now just call it “awesome” for short. :)

Pre-GAPS, we ate this sauce with pasta shells, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. These days I like it on top of the hake that I buy at Costco. I like to add parmesan on top, too, but it’s also delicious without any cheese if you’re dairy-free. I think it would also go well with many other foods, such as chicken, vegetables, or other types of fish. Experiment to see what you like!

Ingredients (serves two):

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.


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!

Awesome on hake

This post is shared at Make Your Own Monday, Monday Mania, the Morristribe’s Homesteader blog carnival, Living Green Tuesdays, Traditional Tuesdays, Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Fresh Foods Blog Hop, Fill Those Jars Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, and Freaky Friday.


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11 Responses to Fresh Tomato Basil Garlic Sauce (a.k.a. “Awesome”)

  1. amy says:

    ooooooh. delish.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this, it looks fantastic! :)

  3. Yum! This sauce DOES sound awesome! I have some tomatoes ripining in my backyard now, and can’t wait to try it with my homegrown basil!
    Thanks for sharing at Living Green Tuesdays!

  4. Love the pics Meghan! Make me want to reach in and grab some 😉 Thanks for sharing at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday!

  5. Margaux says:

    This looks phenomenal! And easy to make right out of the garden. I’d love if you came and shared at out healthy meals link-party.

  6. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back today when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  7. I had a bunch of tomatoes & basil piling up so I tried your recipe over the weekend. It’s so good, Meghan! I first had it on grilled chicken which was amazing, but I’ve also been putting it on top of my eggs in the morning. Quite delicious!

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