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Lisa’s Summer Tomato Sauce

Simple summer goodness! Make Lisa’s Summer Tomato Sauce- it’s perfect for a Ferragosto celebration too! Watch Lisa make this sauce on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel.

Lisa’s Summer Tomato Sauce Ingredients:

1/8 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil

8 cloves of garlic thinly sliced

2 pounds of grape or cherry tomatoes

8 large fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

4 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 pound cooked spaghetti

Summer Tomato Sauce

Lisa’s Summer Tomato Sauce Directions:

In 1/8 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil, sauté 8 cloves of garlic thinly sliced. Take 2 pounds of grape or cherry tomatoes.

Slice each tomato in half and add to the garlic and olive oil. Chop 8 large fresh basil leaves and add to the tomatoes and garlic. Add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Summer Tomato Sauce

Add 4 tablespoons of tomato paste from Italy, concentrato. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, until the sauce has reduced. Add 1 pound cooked spaghetti to sauce, and toss.

Summer Tomato Sauce


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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