This fresh tomato sauce tastes like summer and Italy at the same time. There’s nothing that says summer quite like fresh tomatoes, let alone fresh basil chopped right in. This makes for a super fast meal if you serve it over pasta. (Use low-carb pasta if you’re moderating your carb intake or watching starches, or for help in feeling full when losing weight.) A hefty spoonful of cottage cheese or other cheese will add some hunger satiating protein. This also makes an incredible topping for a summer side of bruschetta. Enjoy!

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Serves 5

Tomato Sauce Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered

1 1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 bunch (1-2 fistfuls) fresh basil

1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Optional: organic cottage cheese for topping

Tomato Sauce Directions

  1. If serving with pasta cook the desired amount ahead of time (or toast your bread slices for bruschetta).
  2. Put tomatoes, oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil in a food processor and blend until lightly chunky.
  3. Toss with hot pasta and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese. Serve with optional cottage cheese.
    Fresh tomato sauce
    Fresh tomato sauce