15 Minute Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is the fastest, easiest pasta sauce ever. And if you're like me, when those summer heirlooms come into the farmers market, you buy a few more than you can actually eat. Because they're so sweet, you don't have to add much else to make a tummy pleasing pasta sauce.


  • Heirloom tomatoes, cored and rough chopped (I like the orange and yellow ones that look like sunsets, but you can use whatever you've got). Use one medium per person.
  • Onion - 2 T rough chopped per person
  • Garlic - 2 cloves rough chopped per person
  • Fresh basil - 6 leaves per person
  • Fresh thyme - 6 5-inch stems per person, but discard the stems
  • Fresh oregano - 4 5-inch stems per person, and yup, discard the stems
  • 1-2 tsp Colgin's liquid smoke (the other brand is too strong).
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pasta of your choice
  • 2-3 T reserved pasta water from cooking


  1. Put some pasta up to boil in salted water. While it cooks...
  2. Saute onion on medium for 2-3 minutes (you can use olive oil, or just a good nonstick pan).
  3. Add tomatoes (you could peel them first, but I don't bother).
  4. Add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to help onions and tomatoes sweat. 
  5. When the tomatoes are mostly broken down, add herbs and garlic, and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add liquid smoke, taste, and adjust seasoning.
  7. Add in cooked pasta and a couple tablespoons of pasta water. Starch from the pasta and pasta water helps thicken the sauce.
As my Italian friends say, Ciao bella! Mangia bene!


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