This summer has boasted a vast amount of crop for us to enjoy, but we’ve actually enjoyed sharing them even more! Our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers got to sample some of our harvest, including cherry tomatoes, grapes, and plums. We feel like proud parents to these bundles of veggies and fruit! The plant that accumulated the most harvest would have to be our 3 different baby tomatoes, which comes in yellow, red, and black. So far, it looks like the majority of the people who tasted the 3 varieties have raved about the black cherry tomatoes. It’s dark, sweet, and rare! Personally, I love the black cherry ones, too. We thought it would be fun to try a recipe with these tomatoes by creating a Black Cherry Tomato Sauce that we can eat with pasta. This is a simple and no-fuss meal that didn’t take much time to complete. We just winged it and surprisingly came out great! But then again, I don’t think we can really go wrong when the main ingredient is already delicious to begin with!
These tomatoes grow so fast that we literally have to pick them on a daily basis. We are extremely fortunate to have such a healthy tomato plant that yields hundreds--if not thousands-- of colorful cherry tomatoes for our eating pleasure.
For this recipe, we used 1 lb of black cherry tomatoes. If you can't get your hands on this variety, then the regular red cherries will work fine.
The heat will eventually burst the tomatoes so the juices will create the sauce. We added some minced garlic, shallots, oregano, thyme, red chili flakes, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Typically you don't see tomato seeds or skin in a tomato sauce, but since this is coming from our garden, we wanted to use and eat everything - that means no discarding and discrimination of any kind!
To get the sauce a little creamy, we grated some fresh parmesan cheese to the sauce to let it melt and thicken up. It also adds great flavor!
We decided to use some chicken thigh pieces to add protein to our dinner - but feel free to use your desired choice of meat, or keep it simple and vegetarian. We simply seasoned the chicken with garlic powder, dried onion, salt and pepper.
We sprinkled fresh basil leaves and Parmesan cheese around the angel hair pasta to complete the dish. When it comes to a fast dinner, we still try to make it elegant and pretty! The Black Cherry Tomato Sauce was amazingly fresh and sweet. We kept it light and simple and let the flavors of the tomatoes do the talking. The only thing I regret is not making more sauce! I welcome leftovers any day when it comes to dishes like this!