On Saturday, my husband and I harvested the tomatoes from our garden. There is are few things that give me more pleasure than picking produce out of my own garden. I was jumping up and down like a kid in a candy shop. “There’s one! Over there! Get that one!” It was like playing “I spy” except that everything I spied was some shade of red. I have been to birthday parties that weren’t this fun.
I planted 16 tomato plants this year. This weekend we picked 26 pounds of tomatoes and I know for a fact that this isn’t the end of our harvest season. We are desperate to find delicious ways to use all of these tomatoes, and if you’re a fellow tomato gardener, you’re probably in the same boat. Here are some recipes listed in order of the ones that call for the most tomatoes. And good news! I’m trying even more amazing tomato recipes this summer so I’ll be able to add to this list next year!
roasted tomato soup – This soup is a favorite among my friends and family alike. Usually I can about 4 gallons of this to last us through the winter. My friend Stacy says that this is the only tomato soup that her boyfriend will even touch. Yes, it’s that good.
roasted cherry tomato pasta sauce – This sauce will make your tastebuds sing. Slow roasting the tomatoes brings out their sweetness. Nearly a quarter cup each of garlic and basil enhance their flavor. This sauce has forever changed my expectations of an amazing pasta dinner. (Pardon the old photos… they don’t really do this justice!)
pasta with fresh tomato sauce – this is our go-to pasta dish on a hot night because other than boiling water, there is no cooking involved. You could easily throw some grilled chicken or rounds of a spicy chicken sausage into this to give it more kick!
tomato salad with corn and basil – This is my favorite summer salad. My husband drools a bit whenever I mention that it will be on the dinner menu.
out of this world bruschetta – a new post here at Dishing the Divine that is worth repeating again and again and again. I’m starting to make sure I have dried bread on hand just so that I have excuse to toast it and serve it with this bruschetta.
grilled pizza – Grilling pizza is scary at first, until you actually try it and realize it’s no sweat. This pizza is delicious and the fresh tomatoes on top really are a must!
big tomato sandwich – Our favorite summer sandwich is loaded with slabs of tomatoes as well as roasted peppers, turkey, avocado, fresh mozzarella and plenty of pesto and vinaigrette!
What are YOUR favorite tomato recipes? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!