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Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Fresh cherry tomato sauce is one of my all time favorite quick and fresh sauces to go over pasta! Cherry tomatoes add a wonderful burst of flavor in this sauce and they are not cooked all the way down, leaving their shape mostly in tact.

This sauce happens to be my daughter’s absolute favorite and we make it a lot for that reason. We also love to make this sauce because it is quick and easy and not like a traditional long cooking marinara sauce.

The flavors in this sauce come from the garlic and olive oil and then the tomatoes are simmered in this mixture just until they begin to release their juices. It is really a delicious treat!

The ingredients are very simple for this dish.

You will need:

  • Fresh cherry tomatoes or canned (see picture at the bottom of page)
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • A touch of butter
  • Salt and pepper

Most of these items you will already have in your pantry. This dish makes a great summer time pasta dish to use up those fresh summer cherry tomatoes. In our house, we like to eat this all year long so we also purchase canned cherry tomatoes in their own juices. These canned tomatoes are a great pantry staple to have on hand and you can usually find it in the Italian section of your supermarket.

The cooking part of this dish is very simple. It only requires you to chop garlic and the rest is just adding the ingredients into a pan and waiting for it to simmer away. It makes a great easy meal that even kids can help make.

When the ingredients are first added to the pan before simmering.

This is after everything has simmered for a bit and the tomatoes released their juices.

While this fresh cherry tomato sauce is absolutely perfect on its own, it also makes a great side dish to chicken. If you have someone you cook for who needs meat with their meals than this is a great add on to that.

This is the canned cherry tomatoes I mentioned above. So helpful to have available for a quick meal like this!

When serving this dish, it is always best with copious amounts of fresh Parmesan. There are very few ingredients in this dish so make sure the ingredients you use are the best quality available, including the Parmesan.

That’s it! This dish is really simple and definitely a keeper for a quick weeknight meal.

For more easy meal ideas:

Cherry tomato sauce

Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious and easy fresh cherry tomato sauce!


  • 1 pint of fresh cherry tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add your olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes if you are using them.
  2. Heat your olive oil for 2-3 minutes then add your cherry tomatoes.
  3. Next add your garlic and reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer your tomatoes in the olive oil for 15-20 minutes or until they begin to release their juices.
  5. Add your butter.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve over your favorite pasta or chicken.
  9. Enjoy!

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