Healthy Eating Recipes: Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Tomatoes on the vineIt’s hard to believe that we’re nearly 5 weeks away from the autumnal equinox. If you’re like many of my  San Jose Bootcamp clients with gardens, you’ve got tomatoes and zucchini coming out of your ears! Today I’ve got my favorite tomato recipe for you. I only use it when I have home grown tomatoes on hand.  It really works best with tomatoes from your garden or from a farmer’s market; store-bought tomatoes just don’t cut it for this recipe!

There’s nothing like a homegrown tomato fresh off the vine. They tend to be juicier and more flavorful since they don’t have to be picked early and trucked into your local supermarket.

So, in the spirit of enjoying fresh and nutritious vegetables, here is one of my favorite home-grown tomato recipes. It is packed with vitamins and it’s  waist and taste-bud friendly.

Fresh Tomato Sauce for Pasta

1 ½ pounds tomatoes, chopped

2 T olive oil

1 T red wine vinegar

¼ c red onion, chopped

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T fresh basil, chopped

2 T fresh parsley, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Serve over hot whole wheat pasta. Just so that it doesn’t cool down the pasta, I microwave the sauce for about 2 minutes before spooning it over hot pasta. I serve this pasta dish with homemade turkey meatballs and a side of steamed brocolli.

If you’ve got a favorite home-grown tomato recipe to share, please feel free to post it here in the comments section!


As you take advantage of summer’s tasty produce, what other healthy eating recipes make it to your family’s dinner table?



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