5-Ingredient Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce | Yup, it's Vegan

Simple Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce

You're only 5 ingredients (including salt) and about 30 minutes away from a sweet, delicious, restaurant-quality cherry tomato sauce, made by bursting cherry tomatoes in the pan and mixing them with garlic-infused olive oil and a hint of fresh basil.

Course basics, sauces
Cuisine gluten-free, Italian, nut-free, paleo, pasta, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan
Keyword burst cherry tomatoes, cherry tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Total Yield 3 cups
Calories Per Serving 64 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the burst cherry tomato sauce:

  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 pints cherry tomatoes (about 1kg or 35 oz), sliced in half
  • 2 large sprigs fresh basil
  • salt to taste

To make burst cherry tomato pasta:

  • 12 oz dry pasta of choice
  • burst cherry tomato sauce (above)
  • hemp seed parmesan (optional, for serving)
  • sliced fresh basil and red pepper flakes (optional, for serving)


For the burst cherry tomato sauce:

  1. Warm the olive oil over medium heat in a large, wide skillet (I recommend cast iron). When warm, add the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 45 seconds or just until the smallest bits of garlic start to slightly brown. Immediately add the halved cherry tomatoes to the skillet and stir well.

  2. Reduce the heat slightly. Add the whole sprigs of fresh basil to the pan along with a sprinkle of salt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until the cherry tomatoes have released their juices, softened, and the sauce has thickened such that it's beginning to cling to the pan. Remove from the heat, remove the basil sprigs, salt to taste, and serve or store.

To make simple burst cherry tomato pasta:

  1. While cooking the tomato sauce, cook the dry pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain and do not rinse the pasta, reserving 2 tablespoons of cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the pan with the warm sauce along with the reserved cooking liquid, and stir to combine. Cook over low heat just until everything is hot and the sauce clings to the pasta.

  2. Serve with fresh basil, red pepper flakes and hemp seed parmesan if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Burst Cherry Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving (6 tablespoons)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 7mg 0%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 27%
Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.