Pasta with Marinated Tomatoes Plus 55 Fresh and Tasty Tomato Recipes

by heidi on August 21, 2012

55 Fresh Tomato Recipes at FoodieCrushShort and sweet. Just like these little tomatoes.

Today I’m not going to wax on about my love of this juicy little fruit, or debate about whether the tomato belongs in the fruit or veggie category or the virtues of heirloom versus good old standard beefsteaks.

Because I have 55 other recipes for you to check out from fab-o bloggers from around the web. And you know you want to see them, you know you want to cook thanks to them.

But first, while I have you hostage…

You should be able to tell I’m a fan of tomatoes, and when I saw this recipe on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living, I gave up my no-buy-on-the-newsstand decree and resurrected my old habit.

I’m so pre-recession like.

Marinated Tomato Pasta with Garlic and Mozzarella from FoodieCrush

I made this recipe a few times last year and it quickly became one for my arsenel. One reason I like it so much is that it tastes great hot, at room temp or even cold.

But then I’m one of those weirdos who will stand at the open fridge, door swung wide open, digging into tupperware filled with last night’s pasta leftovers.

I don’t know why, but leftover pasta just tastes that much better to me. Cook-koo.


Pasta with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta with Marinated Cherry Tomatoes

adapted from Martha Stewart Living magazine


5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup fresh basil, torn or sliced thinly
4 tablespoons capers
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus more for sprinkling
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
Course salt & freshly ground pepper
1 pound pasta cooked al dente
8 ounces mozzarella bocconcini balls, sliced in half


  1. In a small saucepan, cook garlic in oil over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Combine tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, capers, lemon zest, red-pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.  Pour garlic oil & chips over tomato mixture, marinate for about 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  3. Cook pasta, drain and add to bowl with tomato mixture, bocconcini balls and lemon juice and toss gently.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup basil and additional lemon zest and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Why prolong the agony? Get your scrolling finger limbered up and let’s move this post along to my list of 55 Fresh and Tasty Tomato Recipes thanks to some amazing food bloggers from across the www.

Crisp Feta, Tomato and Arugula Salad from Verses from My Kitchen

Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta from Creative Culinary

No-Bake Zucchini Lasagna from The Faux Martha

Beer-Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Peach and Tomato Salsa from Cookin’ Canuck

Caprese Tomato Sandwich from FoodieCrush

Sweet Tomato Jam from Food Loves Writing

Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary from Today’s Nest

Mediterranean Galette from The Tomato Tart

Caprese Couscous Salad in Tomato Cups from Bake Your Day

Easy Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp with Feta, Oregano and Fennel from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Greek Quinoa Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod

Tomatoes Roasted with Pesto from Taste and Tell

Stacked Tomato, Summer Vegetable and Grilled Bread Salad from Cookie and Kate

Beef Tenderloin Filet Skewers with Tomatoes from The Little Kitchen

Blue Cheese Dressing and Heirloom Tomatoes from Mountain Mama Cooks

Heirloom Tomato Cookies from Bake at 350

Tomato and Cheese Tarts with Basil from Keep It SImple Foods

Avocado, Onion and Tomato Salad from FoodieCrush

Guacamole Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes from Koko Cooks

Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Walnuts and Olives from Eat Live Run


Mini Caprese Bites from Reluctant Entertainer

Caprese Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Panini from With Style and Grace

Chicken Alfredo from Recipe Girl

Farmer’s Market Tomato and Zucchini Quiche from Barbara Bakes

Strawberry Peach Gazpacho from How Sweet It Is

Tomato, Corn and Cheese Galette from Alexandra’s Kitchen

Bruschetta Topping Stuff from She Wears Many Hats

Eggplant Tomato Stacks from Happyolks

Tomato Soup from Add a Pinch

Gluten-Free Tomato Cookie from Sweetopia

Caprese Stack from Pennies on a Platter

Bloody Mary Gazpacho from FoodieCrush

Salmon, Radish and Roasted Tomato Salad from Wholesome Cook

Grilled Shrimp Gazpacho from Sarcastic Cooking

Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia from The Cake Duchess

Tomato and Green Bean Salad from Delishhh

Roasted Tomato Hummus from Bev Cooks

Heirloom Tomato Arugula and Goat Cheese Pizza from Gimme Some Oven

Tomato and Ginger Salad from FarmGirl’s Dabbles

Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes and Fontina from Completely Delicious

Summer Panzanella from The First Mess

Tomato Pesto Crostata from Always With Butter

Polenta with Smoky Tomato Sauce from Cafe Johnsonia

Cherry Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad from FoodieCrush

Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil from The Vanilla Bean Blog

Fettucine with Tomatillo and Cilantro Pesto from A Thought for Food

Pulled Pork and Roasted Tomato Donburi from La Fuji Mama

Fava Bean and Tomato Salad from Chez Chloe

A Tomato Salad with Warm Basil Dressing from A Tale of Two

Marinated Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Tomatoes with Garlic and Thyme from Gourmande In the Kitchen

Spicy Tomato Chutney Toasts from Crepes of Wrath

Honey Jack Grilled Cheese from Sweet Basil

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

And some must have resources:

Freezing Fresh Tomato Sauce from The Vintage Mixer

How to Can Tomatoes at Home from Bell’alimento

And now that you’re all inspired and want to share, check out what Cassie and Ali have going on with their Tomato Love Recipe Exchange. Go ahead, jump over and add yours to the list.

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Posted in: entrees,noodles, rice and grains,recipes,vegetables and fruits

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 21, 2012 at 4:57 am

Awesome round up!…but now I want everything!


Bev @ Bev Cooks August 21, 2012 at 5:48 am

Tomatoooootes. Lovely round-up. Thanks for the inclusion! I hope to see you again some day!


kelley August 21, 2012 at 6:44 am

That’s a whole lotta tomato recipes! With the farmers market and my measly garden bursting with the gem of a fruit, nice to have an arsenal of recipes to turn to!!


Ali @ Gimme Some Oven August 21, 2012 at 6:59 am

What an amazing roundup!!! Thanks so much for including my pizza. I adore your photo of the pasta with marinated tomatoes — sound delightful! :)


Cassie August 21, 2012 at 7:12 am

Wow, what a roundup Heidi! Thanks for including me, I can’t wait to check out some of these that I missed. Amazing!


heidi August 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

You guys are awesome to create the tomato exchange, love that idea!


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

Now I’m craving pasta and tomatoes! Thanks for including my tart.


Deborah August 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

Holy roundup! Loved this, and your pasta is the first on my to try list!


Maria August 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

That is a lot of tomatoes! Where do I start???


Cathy @ Noble Pig August 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

Just wow…they are all so beautiful!!


Kristen August 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

This is one serious tomato collection! YUM!


bridget {bake at 350} August 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

I SOOO want some tomatoes right now….especially your pasta! Garlic, capers, red pepper, CHEESE, tomatoes?!? *sigh*


heidi August 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

Pasta, cheese and not on our diet. My last hurrah but what a good one. The tomatoes are also so tasty without the pasta.


Lori @ RecipeGirl August 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

What an amazing post! I love the beautiful tomato recipe finds you dug up. Thanks for including my Chicken Alfredo!


Averie @ Averie Cooks August 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

So just a couple tomato recipes, then? WOW – looks amazing!

And please post pics of the H & D event :) Tomatoes are awesome but I wanna see you!


Kalyn August 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

I have just one thing to say: YUM! (And thanks for including me.)


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 21, 2012 at 8:42 am

I am fearing for my husband, who hates tomatoes because after seeing this, I am sooooo in a tomato based dish for dinner every night kind of mood! Thanks for featuring my grilled shrimp gazpacho Heidi!


heidi August 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

Husband might become a convert, there’s variety for everyone!


Stacey August 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

These are fantastic – thank you!


Jen @ Savory Simple August 21, 2012 at 8:59 am

Great roundup of tomato recipes! I definitely missed a few of these the first time around.


Becky @ Project Domestication August 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

All I want are tomatoes now! I’ve made a handful of these recipes and can vouch for their deliciousness. Next on the list: your pasta with marinated tomatoes!


heidi August 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

Becky you’re going to love it. Warning: Could become a new obsession.


Sue T. August 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

Thanks for making me really hungry! All of these look fantastic!


Cookin' Canuck August 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh, where to start, where to start. There are so many fantastic recipes on this list and I know I need to start with your pasta with marinated tomatoes. Wow!


Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. August 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

awesome girl! What a list


Delishhh August 21, 2012 at 10:54 am

OMG! That is an awesome list – i LOVE LOVE tomatoes and everything you can do with them, i am drooling all over my screen. Going to save, pin and facebook this stuff!!!


Delishhh August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh and thanks for having me too :) Hugs!


Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

The pasta with marinated tomatoes is calling out my name the most!! They all look awesome!


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet August 21, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thank you Heidi – now I’m going to sit by the back door and wait for the rain to stop so I can dart to the garden and pick a bunch of tomatoes….this post is awe-inspiring. Gorgeous food by fabulous people. Love it!!



carrian August 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

I really shouldn’t have read this right now. I am seriously starving all of a sudden. Lovely post, lovely recipes and such lovely people.


Miss McBooty August 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Marinated tomatoes… now why didn’t I think of that? I can’t wait to try this before the tomato season ends. Thanks for the great idea!


Laura August 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I can’t wait to try marinating my tomatoes. I have several tomato plants (no tomato bugs yet) and they are all producing tomatoes at the same time. I’m up to my ears in tomatoes. Thank goodness for all these recipes.


Laura August 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

What a lovely and thorough roundup of goodness. Perfect end-of-summer inspiration to wrangle that never ending glut of tomatoes right now. Thanks so much for including a link to one of my recipes too, Heidi :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

i’m thinking marinating tomatoes might just make me like them even more!

also, i want one of each dish on here. YUM!


Becky August 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Thanks for including me Heidi. Beautiful list!!


JulieD August 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Wow, I love this, Heidi!!! Such gorgeous recipes!! Thanks for sharing my recipe too! :)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I’m in love with this round-up and craving tomatoes like crazy now. Love your marinated tomato pasta dish, pinned!


Cookie and Kate August 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

So many tomatoes! Love this post, Heidi. Thank you for including one of my recipes! xo


Marla August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Wow!!! This is such a great tomato round up Heidi. I’ll take one of each please :)


Sophie August 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Great round-up! If you truly are tomato crazy, check out this recipe :


Ronja @ a dash of faith August 22, 2012 at 7:08 am

Such an awesome tomato round-up!


Bee August 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

Great pasta recipe, perfect for light summer lunch :D


Rachel Cooks August 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

What a beautiful round-up! Love it!


Sonia! The Healthy Foodie August 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

WOW! Pure eye candy! What an amazing round-up of awesome recipes! And talk about mouth watering pictures… I want to pin them all!


emmycooks August 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Oh, no! Summer is so short and this list is so long. :) I have been stuck in a delicious rut this summer with this tomato, nectarine, and basil salad (sounds weird, tastes divine): Can’t wait to try some of these before the seasons change!


Kathryn August 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Look at all that amazing tomato love!


Brian August 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Dinner tonight was the Caramelized Onion and Cherry Tomato Focaccia and Easy Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp with Feta, Oregano and Fennel. I am completely stuffed and very satisfied.
I would recommend both of these recipes to anyone. Thanks


Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles September 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I so wish I had a bowl of your pasta in the fridge right now!!! Awesome round-up with some very clever recipes – can’t wait to check them out. Thanks for including me – I appreciate it!


Delishhh September 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Awesome list again – i had to share with my readers for my monthly newsletter –


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