No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Today, we are making No-Cook Tomato Sauce! The first time this idea came to us, we were a little skeptical, but then we actually gave it a try. This sauce is the easiest one, the freshest pasta sauce we have ever had. Also, it involves an unexpected tool that makes this process of whipping it fun: a cheese grater.


Serves 2 to 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, washed and dried
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish


    1. Cut each tomato in half.
    2. Using a box grater placed over a bowl, place the tomatoes, cut-side down, over the large holes of the grater. Grate each tomato until only the skin is left. Discard the skins and remove the grater from the bowl.
    3. Season the grated tomato with salt and pepper.
    4. Add olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil to the tomato sauce.


    5. Serve tossed in hot pasta. Garnish with additional basil, if desired

6. Stir the ingredients to combine into a sauce.

See? How fabulous is that? While we’ll never get tired of more traditional, cooked pasta sauces – remember our Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta, One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta, and Italian Drunken Pasta? – it’s so good to have such an easy, fresh alternative!

Now, what do YOU think? Have you ever seen anything like this no-cook sauce before? Will you be giving it a try? Tell us if you decide to be brave and try it and let us know how it turns out for you!




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