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10 Minute Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

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A fresh tomato sauce that's so incredibly easy, super delicious and tastes of tomatoes and summer.
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine Italian
Keyword easy, fresh cherry tomato sauce, garden tomatoes, homemade pasta sauce, quick
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings
Calories 185
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 5 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 splashes dry white wine like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc
  • 1 pound pasta like perciatelli or buccatini
  • fine sea salt for pasta water
  • fresh basil leaves torn for serving
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese for serving


  • Fill a large pot of water and add in a palm-full of sea salt. Cover and heat on high until the water comes to a rolling boil. Then add in the pasta and cook as directed on the packaging.
  • In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a deep 10-inch skillet on medium/ medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add in the shallots and garlic, stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until soft and the edges are starting to turn golden.
  • Add in the tomato halves, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Stir, and cook for 5 minutes. Add in a splash or two of white wine and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, use tongs to remove it from the water and directly into the pasta sauce. Toss, add in the fresh torn basil and serve.
  • I top mine with more black pepper, chili flakes, basil and parmesan.
  • *If making in advance; reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Place the pasta and sauce into a large skillet and reheat over medium to medium-low heat, adding a little of the pasta water until desired consistency and heat through.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 552mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg