Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce; changes

I’m trying to wrap up my last few summer recipes.

This is another one that I have been making several times every summer for years.

I’m amazed that I have never posted it before but, in the past I have hesitated posting recipes that were this easy.

Times change.

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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This barely qualifies as a sauce – but use it. Drizzle over vegetables, meats, bruschetta… Very versatile.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta Sides


  • 1 1/4 cup (4oz, 120gr) pasta, bite-size
  • 2 large, fresh garden tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 tbs fresh basil, large leaves torn or chopped
  • 2 tbs Parmesan, grated


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Drain and rinse briefly with cold water. Shake well to get rid of as much water as possible.
  • Sauce: Cup half of a tomato in your hand and rub it on the big holes of a box (or other style) grater until all that is left in your hand is the skin.
  • Repeat with remaining tomato halves.
  • Toss sauce with pasta, basil, Parmesan, and serve.


If the tomatoes are not very flavorful tomatoes you can add a few drops of  Balsamic vinegar and olive oil…


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 548
  • Sugar: 12.8 g
  • Sodium: 195 mg
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 103.2 g
  • Fiber: 8.2 g
  • Protein: 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.2 mg

Keywords: tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, pasta

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Looking for more simple sides? Try Pasta with Creamy Pesto.

Regarding change….

Google is determined that I bring this blog into 2022.

58% of my traffic comes from mobile devices (phones) versus 38% from desktop / laptop devices with only 4% from tablets.

My site has always been ‘mobile friendly’ but really geared towards desktop computers – ’cause that’s what I work on and use.

Google has convinced me to see the error of my ways.

Well, Google and falling revenue….

There will be a new look starting in the next few days.

The biggest change is a much simplified navigation bar at the top with a Recipe Index and Category list replacing all of the individual recipe page links. This will make a huge difference to mobile users looking for recipes. Hopefully, it will still be easy or easier for other users.

The second biggest change is a static ‘Home’ page rather than my blog page listing recent posts in order. The old blog page style will still be available with a link to it on the new, smaller navigation bar. This is to make Google happy.

We wouldn’t want an unhappy Google….

As always, opinions and comments, positive, negative, and indifferent, are welcome.

And please let me know if something doesn’t work. I’ve been fighting with various bits of software for a few weeks now. Hard to tell if I’m winning or not.

4 thoughts on “Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce; changes”

  1. I love simple! Simple is good. I’ve seen recipes where people are grating their tomatoes. I have yet to try that, but I think it’s time. I would like this. And considering my counter is covered in tomatoes I’m trying to find something to do with other than just freeze…

    You know, I have a real problem with Google and their insistence on Your conformation with their desires. It’s your blog. As long as you’re not publishing something offensive, you should be allowed to design it and have the content you want. It’s just silly. Really silly. I don’t read your blog on my phone unless I’m on vacation and even then, it’s only if I’m in the car traveling and hubs is driving. If I’m at the place I’m staying, I’m on my tablet and my table handles every page the same as my laptop. How did we get so…Google-ified???

    • The issue is simple: If my site doesn’t conform (reasonably) it doesn’t get the placements which means it doesn’t get the ads which means I can’t afford to keep it. When I started out blogging it was either free or 4 or 5 dollars a month. Now the costs are about 15 – 20 times that. And I keep hoping it will be worth it lol
      I believe there is something about people doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome lol

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