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Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

Bust Cherry Tomato Sauce-a simple, fresh tomato sauce made with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and basil. Enjoy with pasta, spaghetti squash, zoodles, or crusty bread!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 153kcal


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes (2 pints)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • For Serving: pasta, spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or crusty bread
  • Optional Garnish: Parmesan cheese or Burrata, extra basil


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the cherry tomatoes, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir so the tomatoes are coated in the oil.
  • Turn the heat to medium low and cook the tomatoes, stirring occasionally, until they start to burst, about 10 to 15 minutes. You can use a wooden spoon to smash some of the tomatoes for a thicker, creamier sauce, but you don’t want to smash them all. It is supposed to be chunky.
  • Stir in the basil and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Serve the tomato sauce over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. You can garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or add burrata cheese on top. It will melt in and make the dish super creamy. You can also serve the tomato sauce with crusty bread or grilled bread. I also love the tomatoes with scrambled eggs.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 837IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg