20 recipes to make the most of peak tomato season

Don't let this fresh summer staple go to waste!

8/3/2021 6:42:00 AM

20 recipes to make the most of peak tomato season

Don't let this fresh summer staple go to waste!

Valerie BertinelliValerie Bertinelli's Fresh Tomato SauceValerie BertinelliValerie Bertinelli proves that you don't have to spend hours stirring over a hot stove to make an amazing tomato sauce. This bright, fresh sauce comes together with just four ingredients in about five minutes.

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Nathan Congleton / TODAYPerfect Pasta PomodoroScott ConantChef Scott Conant's pasta pomodoro is like heaven on a plate. It's a truly unforgettable sensory experience for anyone who enjoys classic Italian cuisine. The only downside? No other pasta pomodoro will ever taste as good!

Nathan Congleton / TODAYAnne Burrell's Heirloom Tomato SaladAnne BurrellJuicy, heirloom tomatoes are the crescendo of what mother nature has been working on all season long! Pairing the sweet and tart tomatoes with creamy and tangy goat cheese makes this salad really exceptional. headtopics.com

Nathan Congleton / TODAYGazpacho SoupNatalie MoralesGazpacho may be the ultimate summer refresher. In Spain, it's the first thing served at most meals — it's basically a salad in a soup. Sipping on this cold soup is a surefire way to cool down on a hot summer day.

ShutterstockFried Green TomatoesMeredith BrokawA light cornmeal coating adds a pleasing crunch to this classic Southern dish of fried green tomatoes. The firm, tart green tomatoes soften slightly in the fryer resulting in the perfect, fork-tender texture.

Flatiron Books / Flatiron BooksOprah's Basic Tomato SoupOprah Winfrey"I've never met a tomato soup I didn't like," said Oprah Winfrey."It looks rustic, it feels rich, and it tastes, well, honest. In the summer we take [the tomatoes] fresh off the vine, and in the winter we roast them to concentrate the flavor when good tomatoes are almost impossible to find."

The Grill DadsGrilled Caprese Chicken with Blistered Tomato, Burrata and Torn BasilMark AndersonThis dish tastes like summer, with smoky and crispy grilled chicken, sweet tomatoes and creamy cheese. It’s an appetizer, salad and main course all in one. headtopics.com

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Nathan Congleton / TODAYChopped Caprese SaladReed AlexanderCucumbers and arugula are not part of a traditional caprese salad, but they add a crisp crunch and peppery flavor to this light and fresh salad.Nathan Congleton / TODAYGrilled Salmon with Roasted Green Tomatoes

Alex Guarnaschelli"I love this dish because it is so versatile," chef Alex Guarnaschelli told TODAY Food."You can serve it hot off the grill, cook it in advance and serve it at room temperature or chilled as a main course. It's also great for lunch; I have even taken this dish and put it on bread for a summery sandwich!"

nito / ShutterstockPan Con TomateJosé AndrésThis is Valerie Bertinelli's go-to recipe for warm-weather entertaining:"It's no-cook, full of flavor, only requires a few ingredients and so refreshing."Courtesy Valerie Bertinelli

Burrata Caprese SaladValerie BertinelliChef José Andrés shared his recipe for a classic Catalan dish that is both simple and delicious. The full flavor of the fresh tomatoes is showcased on top of crusty bread with just a drizzle of olive and a sprinkle of salt. headtopics.com

Samantha Okazaki / TODAYTomato Zucchini TartMartha StewartMartha Stewart's savory tart makes the most of summer tomatoes and squash. Since the veggies are baked into a pie crust, this dish can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Katherine Heigl's Brie Tomato PastaKatherine HeiglFor a simple summer pasta dinner, actress Katherine Heigl tosses warm spaghetti with creamy brie cheese and juicy fresh chopped tomatoes. Chopped garlic and fresh basil pep up the decadent dish.Yosef Herzog / TODAY

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Giada's Checca SauceGiada De Laurentiis"This sauce is easy to make, super fresh and light, and can be used in a number of different ways," Giada De Laurentiis told TODAY Food."I like to serve it tossed with spaghettini or angel hair pasta."

ShutterstockEasy Tomato SauceBaldor FoodsUse up leftover vegetable scraps to make this super easy tomato sauce. It can also be made with whole vegetables, of course. Try it on pizza, pasta and more! Read more: »

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