14 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden Tomatoes

How are y’all holding up?

Maaaannnnn has it been hot here! Like, reeeeeal hot… like “it feels like my skin is melting” hot.


I don’t know about you but I don’t want to complain because, before you know it, blink, and it’ll be winter (sorry…I know the W words makes some of you cry…my bad).

Let’s make the most of the rest of these hot days and focus on all the goodness coming out of your gardens lately…’cause I think so many of you have become legit farmers over covid, amiright?

Anyways, I’ve tried to help y’all by giving you posts where similar ingredient recipes can be found, like these:

Well, if you have a counter full of local tomatoes bursting with goodness, today is your lucky day!


I’ve corralled all of my tomato recipes (wholly, there are tons!) in this one teeny blog post!  Just scroll below and choose one! Then tag me and let me know which one is your fave!!!

If you want to try your hand at preserving tomato goodness – along with a few other ingredients that will start many dishes, check this out!! For all the deets on Tomato starter jars, click  here

tomato starter jars

This dip right here is sooooo good! And when it’s all done, you can throw all the leftovers into a blender, add some stock and make a creamy soup!! Try your hand at this Warm tomato dip – find the details right here

Warm Garden Tomato Dip with Goat Cheese

Here’s another idea…this one actually uses roasted canned tomatoes but why not use seasonal goodness of home grown?? All the details to this Roasted Tomato Soup with herbed Ricotta are right here

winter roasted tomato soup with herbed ricotta

Did you think I’d just have one soup recipe? Nope!! Roasted Tomato Soup with Aged Cheddar and Brown Butter Bread Crumbs recipe is right here (this one served in Chinese soup spoons as a one-gulp appetizer!)

roasted tomato soup with aged cheddar and brown butter bread crumbs

Remember this no-cook tomato sauce that Martha Stewart made famous? Well, it’s back and better than ever!! Fresh Summer (No-Cook) Tomato Sauce right here

make the most of your garden tomatoes

If any of you have been to Bar Raval, they serve this dish called tomato bread – which I love because it reminds me of a treat my dad used to make us when we were kids… here’s a post on how Italians eat tomatoes on bread!

make the most of your garden tomatoes

How about a simple tomato sauce?? Check that out here:

tomato sauce

And isn’t this such a cute little conversation starter? Make some cherry tomatoes into a summer ‘bouquet’ like this:

making tulips out of tomatoes

Or try your hand at your own concoction. I made this recipe – not posted – because I was inspired by a stuffed tomato recipe from a cookbook! I had homemade frozen meatballs in the freezer so I just defrosted them and put them into the cavity of medium tomatoes to bake!! I bet you could come up with an exciting dish too!!

Now, how about some of the basics? How to preserve the freshness of tomatoes so you can make meals out of them later?? Check these ideas out!!


Ever had too many cherry tomatoes? Well, here s a quick way to can them!! Brine them!!

How about roasting tomatoes and freezing them? Find the deets here!

roasting tomatoes

And, if you feel like keeping some of those oven roasted tomatoes in the fridge for the most epic sandwich, try this hack!!

How about freezing your fresh tomatoes? Yup you can do that too (check it out here):

Or if you’re really eager, you can try making your own passata! All the details are in this post (part one) and this post (part two)!!! If you’re Italian, you’ll know it’s a tradition!!


Now get out there, pick your tomatoes and get cooking!!

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