Posted by / Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bombolini Pasta: a Local Treat

Trying to keep up with tomatoes coming from the garden this time of year can be challenging. If your garden is anything like mine you have them in the fridge, on the table to continue ripening, you are taking them to work, and on occasion you are pulling up to strangers houses ringing the doorbell & running away leaving a bag just so someone will use them. This can be increasingly difficult for someone who doesn't even generally like tomatoes (that's me).

I grow cherry tomatoes for Mary and I grow Roma tomatoes for sauces, bruschetta, and salsas. Your typical Hanover tomatoes I leave for people who have more of taste for the fruit in their raw form.

My sauce is simple: I slice the tomatoes in half, sprinkle with kosher salt and ground pepper, then cover with sprigs of fresh thyme - roasting in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I saute fresh garlic and onion in olive oil on the stove-top. For this recipe I added sweet Italian sausage to the onions and garlic though if you prefer a meatless version you can skip this step.

Note: Roasting the tomatoes this way will bring their sugars out. It makes for a naturally sweet & tangy sauce with no sugar added.

Once the roasting is done I remove the sprigs of thyme, stripping the leaves off their stems, add tomatoes & thyme to a food processor (I don't remove the skin) and blend with fresh basil.

This mixture is added to the onions, garlic, and sausage. Stir to combine and you've got your simple summer tomato sauce ready to use.

The Bombolini Pasta made fresh right in Richmond, Virginia (and available at Richmond area farmers markets St. Stephens and South of the James due to proximity is our choice) could not be simpler. 1 minute in boiling water remove and ready to go. Read more about these awesome pasta makers in this Hills and Heights write up and watch the video below from the Richmond Times Dispatch:

E.A.T. Tip: I always use a little of the pasta water to thin the sauce.

We have thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the porch and enjoying the lower humidity evenings eating fresh made meals, getting lost in conversation and wine while the breeze picks up and the sun goes down.

E.A.T. local E.A.T. well


  1. tim, your timing couldn't have been better and now I have dinner planned.
    i have a few things to say and see. thanks.

  2. Nothing like tomatoes from the garden.I can talk about it because I grow them in plenty.What I do not sell, or eat fresh I prepare in relishes,sauces and also my favourite sun dried tomatoes which are here over expansive to buy in the shops.Great pasta:)

  3. @gary I am sure your dinner will be amazing!

    @Dzoli, I would love to hear more about your relishes! Thanks for looking.


  4. I do not really like raw tomatoes, but those roasted ones look sensational!

  5. @Monica, Yes! Another not so big on raw tomatoes person! Thanks, makes me feel more normal! These of course were a different story!


  6. That looks so yummy. I love Bombolini pasta. And tomatoes (raw or cooked). And wine! P.S. You can also get Bombolini at Ellwood Thompson's.

  7. Yes, sharpcookie3 Ellwood is also an avenue for Bombolini! Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Love this! Will try this very soon! I have too many tomatoes and wondered just today, how do I make a sauce with them all? Thank you so much, I now have my answer:)

    1. So happy you found this! Love to hear how everything turns out! Nothing better than homemade sauce!

  9. Well, I made your simple sauce last night! And wow, we really loved it! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making it too! The house smelled like heaven with the roasting tomatoes in the oven and the onion and garlic on my stove top! All ingredients were from my garden too! So that added to the joy of cooking this meal! However,forgive, I am part Italian, so I couldn't help but Jooge it up a bit and use some old family "secret" ingredients...added just a pinch or two of nutmeg, a few dashes of cinnamon...and a healthy dose of some red wine! Perfecto!
    Wish I had a source for Bombolini, but I'm in Chicago and have never heard of that. Oh, and we are a gluten free home, so our sauce was poured over brown rice pasta. Maybe not the same as a traditional pasta dinner, but still SO YUMMY!!!! Thank you for the inspiration!
    LOVE this Blog! :)

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. I just give you the base you doctor it up as you see fit. The fact you are growing your vegetables and cooking at home is my mission!

      Thanks again for visiting!


"Some people eat to live; I live to eat." -Tim Vidra

An avid home cook, I believe in using simple ingredients, local when possible and am inspired by the principles of supporting a sustainable food system. I’ve cultivated this blog as a way to share my passion for the preparation and enjoyment of food in a way that everyone from beginners to long time foodies can get involved in.



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