Fresh Tomato Pasta Toss

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
My parents went on vacation last year just as their tomato crop - and mine - was ready to harvest. After freezing as many tomatoes as I could possibly want or use, I had to come up with new ideas for using tomatoes. My husband loved this creation! It really is a great way to use tomatoes.


  • 3 pounds ripe fresh tomatoes
  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese


  1. To remove peels from tomatoes, fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Place tomatoes, one at a time, in boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately plunge in ice water. Peel skins with a sharp paring knife and discard. Chop pulp; set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet, cook garlic in oil over medium heat for 1 minute or until tender. Add the parsley, basil, oregano, salt, sugar, pepper and reserved tomato pulp. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Add cream; heat through.
  3. Drain pasta and transfer to a serving bowl. Pour tomato sauce over pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 288 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.