10 Tomato Recipes To Knock Your Socks Off

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It’s time to face the cold hard truth: tomato season won’t be here for much longer. That is, unless my freezer has anything to say about it! Out of all the summer vegetables (or is it fruit?), I think tomatoes are the ones I mourn the most when the season is over. There’s nothing worse than a flavourless winter tomato with it’s pale flesh and icy, dry appearance.

In the meantime, I’m trying to convince Eric it’s a good idea to buy the fifty-some-odd-pound bushel of tomatoes I saw at the market last week. He just can’t see the vision yet. I have visions of pasta sauces, pesto, salsa, and tomato jam dancing in my head…

To celebrate the tomato, I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favourite recipes to date.

Get ‘em while you can!

1. Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

This pesto is bursting with seasonal flavours and nutrients. It’s also quite low in oil thanks to the roasted tomatoes adding body and flavour. I left the almonds chopped and it adds a nice texture that is great mixed into pasta or spread on a toasted sandwich.

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2. Easy Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

Creamy, flavourful, and downright irresistible…no one will be able to tell there isn’t any cream in this pasta!

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3. Vegan Tortilla Soup 

A wonderful soup to transition from end of summer into Fall. It packs a bounty of summer flavours, with a warming comfort for those cooler summer evenings. We added a handful of vegan cheese, chopped avocado, tortilla strips, and green onion on top to really round out this hearty and filling dish.

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4. Gazpacho 

Still too hot for soup? Try my favourite Gazpacho. After testing a few versions, this one is hands down my favourite.

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5. Basil Scalloped Tomatoes and Croutons

One of my favourite casseroles. Fresh basil and in season tomatoes are key here. One thing I love about this recipe is the short ingredient list…it was so easy!

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6. Tomato Walnut Basil Pasta

This hearty pasta sauce is so healthy it hurts. Walnuts, spinach, tomatoes, garlic, basil, oh my!

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7. Sundried Tomato Cheezy Kale Chips

Like nachos, only better. Satisfy your every chip craving with these cheezy and crispy kale chips!

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8. Creamy Roasted Tomato Garlic Coconut Soup

This tomato soup is anything but traditional, boring, or bland and it’s definitely one of the best homemade soups I’ve made to date. The light coconut milk is a great way to add a luxurious creaminess, pairing well with the heat from the garam masala and adding a nice contrast to the rustic quality of the roasted vegetables. See why it’s received so many rave reviews.

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9. Easy Roasted Tomato Pizza with Cashew Cheeze

Easy as tortilla pie! This pizza features irresistible roasted tomatoes and a creamy basil cashew cheeze sauce.

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10. Lightened Up Sundried Tomato Basil Pasta

This lightened up pesto has just a few tablespoons of olive oil, but I promise you won’t know the difference . The sundried tomatoes, walnuts, and basil create an extremely flavourful pesto that goes wonderfully with pasta, sandwiches or wraps, or mixed into some grilled vegetables. Can’t have nuts? Just leave them out. The addition was more of an afterthought than a main ingredient.

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September Challenge

I’m doing another challenge for the month of September – Operation Hydrate! I’m not always mindful of drinking enough water and so far this challenge is keeping me on track.

- Drink 2 glasses of water upon rising before any other fluids or food.

- Drink 6 glasses of water throughout the rest of the day.

These amounts are not set in stone – it really depends on how much exercise I do and what my needs are on that day. Really, I’m just being mindful of my water intake and making sure I start the day off with lots of water. I never thought I’d say this, but it’s actually energizing! Feel free to join me in this challenge, keeping in mind your water needs will vary. You can also do the lemon with warm water thing if you like too, but I’ve just been drinking filtered H2o.

And if you’d like to read about my August challenge results – see my page for the recap. It looks like September is also going to be a fear-conquering month with the promise of zip lining, suspension bridge dangling, and cliff walking.

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Shana September 5, 2012

I love the fall but am sad to see the end of summer’s best fruits and veggies. I have been doing challenges similar to yours as part of my New Year’s Resolution. I call it the 12 Challenges of 2012! My September challenge is to complete my first bike tour.

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Courtney September 5, 2012

Buy the bushel of tomatoes! I got one a couple weeks ago for $15, was regretting it slightly as I hauled 50 something pounds of tomatoes up the stairs, but I committed to processing them that evening, and spent about 4 hours or so charring them on the BBQ (instead of blanching), cooling, peeling, seeding, ziplocked about 2/3 of them and put it in the freezer, the other 1/3 made a full stock pot of delicious tomato sauce. It was a few hours work but now I have a whole lot of whole peeled tomatoes ready to go! I also roasted and ziplocked 10 lbs of red peppers at $.69/lb, and 2 huge butternut squash that were $2 each. I don’t think I will regret it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2012

Thanks for the tips! It sounds like you made great use of them. They are so cheap when you buy by the bushel!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 5, 2012

These all look great, I’m especially eyeing that Tomato Basil Cream Pasta. Yum! I know its sad to see to tomato season go but I know you’ll be whippin’ up some goodness with the upcoming harvest!

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Johanna September 5, 2012

I love the tomato basil cream pasta! I just made it last night with some beautiful heirloom tomatoes. It is my family’s favorite meal!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 5, 2012

My mouth is watering!! All of these sound amazing Ange! I was away for the weekend and sadly forgot that I had 4 tomatoes that were VERY ripe sitting in a bowl on the counter. When I came home, I had some very fuzzy tomatoes to dispose of… yuck! Can’t wait to get some more so I can try your recipes. One of my favourite things to do is a big batch of chilli in the fall, that sits in the freezer and makes for some very quick dinners on week nights. At the same time though, I don’t want summer to end!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2012

ah, chili is a good one! I forgot to link to that. It freezes so well!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 5, 2012

In the past year I have developed a very deep, very real love for tomatos. They are like this magical little food item with virtually no calories and extreme ranges in flavor. I can’t wait to try some of these!

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Ashley September 5, 2012

Hmmm, for the next 3 nights I would like #1, #9, then #10. I’m loving tomatoes right now!

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Kathy Steger September 5, 2012

All I can say is Yum. I am craving #2 and #3 now

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Kare @ Kitchen Treaty September 5, 2012

Socks officially knocked! Such a delicious-looking array of creative recipes. I’m loving the idea of coconut milk in a tomato soup, and those pasta dishes look divine. I just slow-roasted and froze two big trays of heirloom cherry tomatoes this past weekend, and now I’m dreaming of a massive tomato-canning operation. Maybe if I can get someone to come up and take care of the baby for a few hours … babies are not conducive to getting much canning (or much of anything else) done. Who knew?! ;)

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 5, 2012

Woah! Ziplining, cliff walking? You’re literally, living on the edge Angela!

We’re winding down on our tomato harvest, but getting into peaches. A little sad, but that means, time for peach salsa, peach crisp. So many great peach things.

I’m up for the September challenge. Water it is! I don’t always drink as much as I should, but I found it’s helpful to drink in my insulated tumbler w/ straw. Somehow drinking out of a straw makes it easier.

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Andrea @ Vegvacious September 5, 2012

I have to agree with your feeling about summer tomatoes. I just love the sweet flavourful tomatoes picked fresh off the vine this time of year! Your scalloped tomatoes with croutons is one of my FAVOURITE fall dishes! It’s actually been on my mind lately ;-) and will be in my belly in the very near future!!

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Jennifer September 5, 2012

This is a fantastic post!! I marked 4 of them to try in the next week or 2. Would you say they all freeze well? I cook for 1 so it takes me some time, even if I halve the recipe.

P.S. I used the julienne peeler on a zucchini last night – genius!!! Thanks for that tip. I am now officially obsessed with it. :)

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Magen September 5, 2012

The Creamy Roasted Tomato Garlic Coconut Soup was a big winner in my house last winter… so warm and delicious! Can’t wait for cold weather and soup season :)

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Chloe September 5, 2012

I love the roasted tomato soup with coconut milk! I haven’t eaten any yet this year but I have four batches in the freezer.

I’ve been roasting the tomatoes, onion and garlic and placing them in a freezer bag. Then I just need to thaw out a bag, empty it in a pot before adding the other ingredients. Soup is ready in no time at all, with very little work.

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy September 5, 2012

what delicious recipes! i don’t know which to try first! yum!

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Danielle @ TwoLoveBirds September 5, 2012

These recipes look awesome! I have been in a major cooking rut and these look like just the recipes to bust me out! Thanks so much!

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Sonal September 5, 2012

Well seeing as summer technically finishes end of September, I must make all of these recipes asap! :) They all look sooo good! Also, i’m going to join in operation hydration – I need to be more mindful when it comes to water

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theresa @ aspoonfulofsunshine September 5, 2012

I made your Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto last summer right around this time of year! It knocked the sock off my family :) I think this post serves as a reminder for me to make it again!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 5, 2012

Glad to hear that Theresa!

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Tania @ RunToRadiance September 5, 2012

Yummm! I REALLY like tomatoes but only if they are puréed! How weird is that? I even have to blend up store bought salsas and pasta sauces to make sure there are no tomatoe chunks!

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Giorgia September 5, 2012

Every summer my parents buy about 100kg organic tomatoes and for a few days they make tomato sauce for the rest of the year. They wash the jars, cut and cook the tomatoes, close the jars and sterilise them au bain marie. Then the filled jars have a rest for a few days wrapped in some old blankets and then they go to the cellar. A lot of work. This year only 50kg, since they plan to eat less pasta.
So your 50 pounds do not look at all strange to me, even if I would never make so much sauce in one go.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 5, 2012

It all looks SO GOOD! I love tomatoes but the Sundried Tomato Cheezy Kale Chips (love cheezy kale chips!) and that Pizza are calling out to me, loudly!

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Karen October 25, 2012

You will not regret making the kale chips…can’t seem to make enough around here. So healthy too!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl September 5, 2012

I love this one stop shop for all things tomato…. they’re one of my favs too! You will love ziplining. It’s super fun!!

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Nicole Boyhouse September 5, 2012

Mmmm. I love tomatoes. I love everything tomato-related. My MIL is coming to visit and – while that can be stressful – she is bringing me tomatoes from her garden, so I’m excited. When my MIL brings produce, she brings like 30 pounds of produce. It’s kind of awesome.

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 5, 2012

So thankful for this post. I have 32 tomatoes from the last “unlimited tomato picking” at our CSA last week sitting on my counter and was starting to run out of ideas. Perfect timing!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 5, 2012

I’ll definitely be joining you for operation hydrate! I just moved back to Colorado and the altitude necessitates much more hydration than being back on the East Coast. A quick tip I learned when I worked at a spa here: you can use cucumber slices in water to help with digestion (go light on the cucumber though because a little goes a long way!). Lemon will help with detoxifying and I like water with frozen raspberries for a little sweetness when I have them :) Oh and organic peppermint oil mixed with some cold water is very refreshing after being outside or exercising! That’s all the “water tricks” I know!

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Christa @ Edible Balance September 5, 2012

Love the challenge! I always start my day off well by drinking hot lemon and cayenne water when I wake up, and then a huge glass of water immediately after. Some days it goes downhill after that though. We have a ton of watermelon in our fridge, I need to add that to my water to mix it up a little!

Every single dish looks delicious! But that pesto… my goodness, I must make that very soon!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 5, 2012

Mmmm, I’ll take one of each!

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity September 5, 2012

Thanks for all the great food porn. And in one post!
I too will need to increase my water intake, as it has just become spring :)
Our supermarket stocks tomato’s all year round so I tend to forget when they are ment to go out of season!

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Heidi kokborg September 5, 2012

I am going to make the Creamy Roasted Tomato, Garlic, & Onion Coconut Soup tomorrow :) It looks so delicious, can’t wait to taste it! :-)

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Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian September 5, 2012

I HAVE to bookmark this post. Tomatoes are my #1 favorite thing to eat and I’m always looking for new ways to fill the tomato craving. It makes me sad to think that tomato season is just about over and I’ll have to go back to buying sub-par imported tomatoes from the grocery store. I guess I should enjoy it while it lasts!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 5, 2012

That’s so funny – I just wrote a draft for a post with a tomato recipe, and I said exactly what you said about the flavourless tomatoes in stores in the winter! I’m going to be so sad when tomato season is over.

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Christine Gillis September 5, 2012

Help! I have about 30 tomatoes staring me in the face on my kitchen windowsill and probably 20-30 more on the vine in the garden! I need help! I’ve read through your recipes and I’m going to make the majority of them. I have some questions…your walnut pasta sauce calls for a can of crushed tomatoes how do I use this recipe with ripe tomatoes. Also, someone commented earlier about using the bbq rather than blanching them in boiling water. I blanced some last week in order to peel and seed them and I ended up with a very small amount of “tomato meat” for a sauce I made….am I missing something? Is there an easier way to peel and seed them? It seemed like a lot of waste.

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Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings September 5, 2012

Yum, I love tomatoes and want to try your Roasted Tomato Garlic Coconut Soup! The water challenge is awesome. I drink a lot of water but I’ve been trying to drink water every morning before anything else but now having a challenge will push me to do it :) Thanks Angela!

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Lindsey September 5, 2012

The roasted tomato basil pesto is my absolute fav!!! i plant lots of tomatoes just to make enough to freeze it. It freezes wonderfully…great for that fresh burst of tomato in the dead of winter!!!

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Adrienne J September 5, 2012

Oh thank goodness for this post. I have too many tomatoes in my garden and I’m (sadly) getting tired of making just marinara sauce!

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Sarah September 5, 2012

I love tomatoes- I planted a few plants and I have a bunch of green ones. I can’t wait for them to ripen up so I can make (and in a lot of cases re-make) all of the above recipes!

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Lauren September 5, 2012

The ONLY thing my garden produced this year was hundreds (well maybe, like 50) tomatoes! I just started my food blog and I feel for the (few) readers I have, because literally all my recipes are tomato-based. Ha! I am getting down to my final few batches, so I am definitely going to take advantage of your freezing techniques!
Thanks for sharing – wonderful – and timely! – post :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012

hah well there is nothing wrong with a few tomato recipes up your sleeve right? ;) I will check it out!

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Catherine September 5, 2012

Part of my freezer is already filled with homemade tomato pasta sauce (the other half of my freezer contains otameals squares haha), but I really want to try the pesto!! Looks like I will be spending another weekend trying new recipes from your blog!

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Whitney "To Live and Diet in L.A." September 5, 2012

All of these recipes look fantastic! Can’t wait to try.

As for the September goal, whenever I drink a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the a.m., I feel great. But I usually forget. I think I’ll make that my goal this month too. Thanks for the reminder!

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Julie September 5, 2012

Hi Angela,
I stumbled upon your website after recently being diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis, and a possible celiacs (gluten intollerance)… I have been already diagnosed with a autoimmune disorder (thyroid hashimotos) from years past. I have been an extremely healthy eater and active at the gym. But now, I now must embrace a totally Vegan/gluten free diet, and look to you for help- This is a tough combination, but am “on board”.. your website as my inspiration! I have gotten down at the thoughts of what “could” happen, as I am young, and active. You inspire me, please keep the joyous recipes coming- I need help with new vegan/gluten free options-
I will pass your website along to all my natropath / chiropratic/ nursing friends that I know!

thanks,
Julie Farr, BSN, RN
Phoenix Arizona

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012

Hey Julie,

Thank you so much for your kind words & for sharing the site with others. I appreciate it so much! Goodluck with everything, it sounds like you are doing all the right things and I hope you see some relief soon!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 6, 2012

This is perfect! I have s many tomatoes, I just don’t know what to do with them!! Thanks for sharing!!

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