Tomatoes were the most successful thing that my Gardening Experiment produced. Over the weekend I got rid of the plants for the winter and harvested the remaining fruit. That means I have plenty of tomatoes, so it was time to do something with them and quickly.

I usually make this sauce with tinned tomatoes, but this time I used fresh ones. What a world of difference it makes! I didn’t bother with poaching and peeling the tomatoes like you’re supposed to. The peels don’t really matter in my opinion.

This is super quick, cheap and tasty. Choose tortellinis that you like, there’s tons of varieties around. I used Spinach & Ricotta. This doesn’t look like very much, but the sauce is so rich that you don’t need a lot of it. Obviously keep adding more tomatoes, if you want more.


  • 6-8 tomatoes, depending on size.
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • Fond, stock or salt for seasoning
  • A pinch of chilli


Tomatoes from the garden

Here are my beautiful tomatoes. Remains to be seen whether the green ones will mature off the vine before going off.



Chop the garlic, onions tomatoes and peppers and fry them in a pan. Season and simmer until all have softened. If you need a bit of extra liquid, add some water. The sauce is ready when tomatoes are all mushy. This will take about 15 minutes.



Tortellinis take about 3 minutes to cook, so I do them once the sauce is ready. Garnish with fresh basil.