40 Ways to Use Up a Glut of Tomatoes

Ways to use up a glut of tomatoes is our insider secrets and most requested recipes each year come late summer. Think of it as an inspiration board. With recipes.

Homemade Tomato Paste

Never again tussle with that teensy tin can that always contains too much or too little paste for your recipe. Nope. Never again. Not with this mellow, caramelized homemade conserva.


Fresh Tomato Tart

A perfectly flaky crust. A simple goat cheese filling. Some fresh pesto. And those spectacular heirloom tomatoes sitting on your counter. Surprisingly simple. Impressively spectacular.


Summer Tomato Pasta

Summer simplicity that's gonna earn a place in your weekly rotation.


Freezer Tomato Sauce

1. Turn your glut of garden tomatoes into this sauce. 2. Stash it in the freezer. 3. Thank yourself come winter.


Tomatoes Provençal

Is there anything as sweetly satisfying as heirloom tomatoes eaten raw over the sink? Probably not. But when you tire of that, there's always this deeply satiating tactic.


Cherry Tomato Confit

This cherry tomato confit is sweet and easy and a lovely way of preserving summer. Here's how to make it.


Tomato and Goat Cheese Cobbler

Oh, my, my, my, my. That's what we think of this lovely late-summer cobbler in a skillet.


Chilled Tomato Soup with Feta and Olives

This shockingly stunning chilled soup–not to be confused with gazpacho, mind you–has ample oomph to compensate for lackluster tomatoes. But when made with in-season heirlooms?


Tomato and Green Bean Salad

You don't have to be Greek for this amalgam of tomatoes, green beans, red onion, and feta to taste like home.


Roasted Tomato Quiche

A soulful and satiating quiche that goes perfectly with chilled wine at supper. Or with even more wine at brunch.


Spicy Tomato Crumble

This spicy tomato crumble isn't your run-of-the-mill crumble with its savory tomato filling and gently spiced crumble topping. And leftovers reheat beautifully.


Jim Lahey's Tomato Pizza | Pizza Marinara

One of the best red-sauced pizza we've ever slung as well as one of the easiest. It just may forever ruin takeout pizza for you.


Tomato Bruschetta

An iconic Italian appetizer that's easy and comes together in minutes, making it a no-brainer in terms of entertaining—whether guests or just yourself.


Baked Pasta with Tomatoes & Eggplant

Cook once. Eat twice. This baked pasta casserole cleverly relies on a big batch of tomato soup as its sauce. Leftover soup means you have lunches done for the rest of the week.


Easy Fried Green Tomatoes

These lovely little summer gems take their crisp coating from cornmeal. As memorable as the movie named after them.


Spring Panzanella

For when you just can't wait until midsummer for your fave Italian bread salad.


Homemade Ketchup

Our recipe for fabulous ketchup made at home. Oh yes, you can. And it'll have a flavor unlike anything you can find at the store.


Tomato and Feta Salad

A cleverly engineered salad made with everyday ingredients in a slightly unconventional fashion. No PhD required.


Salmon with Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

An impressive impromptu dinner that's done in less than 30 minutes and a cinch to clean up. You're welcome.


Moroccan Salad

Acidity. Saltiness. Sharpness. Herbaciousness. This North African salad is where all these elements collide to quite lovely effect.


Spaghetti with Raw Tomatoes

Summer at its simplest, not to mention it's most splendid, seeing as how five minutes of effort yields a meal that rivals round-trip tickets to Italy.


Roasted Tomato Tart with Cheddar and Basil

Whether you've sad-looking plum tomatoes or stunning heirlooms, their tomato-y essence is concentrated in this ingenious, all-sins-forgiven tart with Cheddar and basil.


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

"Little explosions of flavor" is how the author describes these luscious little orbs of yellow, orange, or red goodness. We don't disagree. Neither will you.


Cherry Tomato Tart

The Attack of the Killer Cherry Tomatoes took place at David's place last summer. [Spoiler alert!] Here's how it ended.


Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

This shamelessly simple trick transforms disappointingly ho-hum tomatoes into insatiably sticky, squidgy little lovelies.


Blueberry and Tomato Salad

There's a week or two midsummer when peak blueberry and tomato seasons overlap. You've been warned. Go.


Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Herbs

Here's how to transform ho-hum out-of-season supermarket tomatoes into polish-off-the-entire-batch-yourself bombs of jammy tomato superlativeness.


Bruschetta with Tomato

Bruschetta rubbed with garlic and loaded with tomato are de rigeur summer fare. Pile heirloom tomatoes on the toast for a twist on the classic.


Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives

Sorta Italian, sorta Mediterranean, and completely easy and impressive. Works wonderfully on crazy weeknights as well as dinner parties.


Pickled Green Tomatoes

A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lotta delicious. And so obscenely easy to make, the most difficult part will be finding the patience to wait before trying them.


Tomato Sorbet

Heirloom tomatoes go on ice for this simple yet elegant sorbet. Use yellow, red, orange, or purple fruit, but my all means, make this sorbet.


Red Sauce | Sugo di Pomodoro

"Simple, quick, and delicious." "Elegant." "It sure as heck is good." That's what folks are saying about this easy weeknight supper.


Tomato Pie

Dead-ripe tomatoes, herbs, Cheddar cheese, and mayo in a flaky pastry crust. Sorta like a tomato sandwich but in a savory warm pie incarnation. You're welcome.


Easy Tomato Soup

Yup. It's still winter. Darn good thing this simple made-from-scratch soup requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell's.


Kachumbari Salad

Salsa masquerading as salad, this recipe for kachumbari (say it with us, ka-chum-bar-i) is from Kenya, not Mexico. Surprise!


Caprese Salad

Basil, tomato, and mozzarella–green, red-and white–are all this summer salad needs to shine. Oh, a drizzle of olive oil and a a squeeze of lemon help.


Tomato and Peach Panzanella

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it's gonna knock your socks off. Or, if you're not wearing socks this time of year, then it'll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.


Tomato Watermelon Feta Salad

All your summer favorites collide in this kaleidoscopic salad that's equally stunning when layered in a jar or simply tossed in a bowl.


Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Eggplant, Mozzarella

Jumble together pasta, tomatoes, eggplant, ooey gooey mozzarella, and a splash of cream in just 35 minutes. Leftovers turn into casserole.


Smoky Gazpacho

Sometimes a little unexpected tweak to tradition isn't a bad thing. Nope. Not a bad thing at all…

Comments

  1. Thank you, great, informative article. I grew up in the pizza capital of the world, Waterbury, Conn. In school at Notre Dame Academy, the nuns would sometimes buy local pizza for us at lunch. Bacco’s pizza with tomato sauce. No cheese, no nothing. It was fabulous.

    1. That does sound fabulous, Mary. It just goes to show when you have good quality ingredients, often simple and unadorned is the best.

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