Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Sauce

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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. 🙂

Recipe Notes:

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!

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  • 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


  1. Combine tomatoes, basil, bell pepper, garlic and olive oil in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. 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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15 Responses to Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Sauce

  1. amy says:
    ooooooh. delish.
  2. Joyness Sparkles says:
    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.
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  7. Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! says:
    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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  10. Coral says:
    I doubled this and served it over g free pasta with sheep cheese grated on top and some grilled chicken thrown in. The next day I had some sauce left over so I steamed fresh green beans and cooked up a little ground beef and again added the sheep cheese. Both were so yummy! You could add broccoli, zucchini etc. Question: have you ever tried freezing this? I know the tomatoes would break down and the basil would darken, but I have so many fresh tomatoes and basil right now!
    • I'm so glad you liked it! I haven't ever tried freezing it. I'm not sure whether it would be good, as the texture would be so different, but if you have extra tomatoes and basil you should certainly give it a try! And let me know how it turns out. :)

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