I well remember the years of having a large vegetable garden and come August I would have such an abundance of tomatoes. Our kitchen counters would be covered with tomatoes. Did you ever wonder what to do with tomatoes?

I love fresh garden ripe tomatoes. I’ll eat them in a tomato and lettuce sandwich everyday I can but there are other things you can do with you abundance. My favorite canning recipe is Chunky Basil Pasta Sauce. I use this sauce all winter long, when making spaghetti or lasagna. It is my go to sauce. Nothing makes me happier than when I have several jars of this delicious sauce filling my pantry.

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Another favorite is the Roasted Tomato Sauce. I use this sauce on our homemade pizzas. The recipe is very simple and it’s a great way to use up those tomatoes from the garden. You can use any type from Roma to cherry tomatoes. I do not can this sauce but instead freeze it in portions measured out for pizza.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Perhaps you’re not interested in canning your harvest but instead you just want to enjoy those fresh tomatoes. Make a Tomato Basil Pizza. This pizza is best this time of year when the tomatoes are so abundant.

grilled pizza

Grilled Tomatoes Stuffed with Goat Cheese is another summer favorite. We were served this meal last summer when visiting friends and have made it several times since then. I have never tasted anything so creamy and delicious!It’s a perfect summer meal as the tomatoes are cooked on the grill and then served over pasta. For the best taste, use fresh heirloom tomatoes that you have grown or purchased at a local farmer’s market.

Looking for a slightly different salad? Try a Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Corn. This is a really tasty salad especially is you use fresh tomatoes and corn. This salad is best served at room temperature or chilled.

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Corn

Another summer favorite is Fettuccine with Goat Cheese Arugula and Tomatoes. I love quick, nutritious dinners. I like to know that the dinner I’m putting on the table not only tastes good but is good for us. If I can make such a dinner in fewer than thirty minutes that’s even better! This dinner fits the bill!

Fettuccine with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Tomatoes

Enjoy this busy time of year in the garden and if you’ve been wondering what to do with tomatoes I hope my few suggestions have helped!

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