Tomatoes and a summer vegetable patch

It’s nearly time to make passata. These are the first tomatoes my mum collected to make tomato sauce. Like her many Italian mamma’s will be very busy soon making loads of passata to store for the winter months to come.

Passata di pomodoro is made from ripe tomatoes which have been puréed and “passed” through a sieve to remove the skin and seeds. It is then stored in jars and boiled for 10 minutes and that will create a vacuum seal and allow the passata to last for a long time.

Passata should not be confused with tomato puree which has a thicker consistency and it is made by cooking and straining the tomatoes. Passata is less thick and can be used as a sauce for pasta whereas tomato puree is used for adding a touch of colour and flavour to many dishes.

To make a more tasty pasta sauce you can add fresh basil leaves, celery and carrots and a pinch of salt. The taste of a freshly made sauce is completely different to any sauce you can buy in shops, even bought organic passata which should have nothing added to it, never taste quite the same.

But this is freshness and home produce for you!


And now take a look at my dad’s vegetables field:

vegetable patch

Basil is a must have in the garden; it can be added to so many dishes. Pasta with tomato sauce always require a few leaves of basil as it adds so much flavour;


I prefer small cucumbers like these; they have a deeper flavour and they are delicious sliced in salads or on its own as a healthy snack;


Fennel is a great summer vegetable as it adds flavour to salads or it is also tasty cooked and drizzled with olive oil;


You get radicchio in the summer too. It is different  to the thick and reddish coloured winter one. This is more similar to salad but it is more bitter and has a deeper flavour than salad;


This summer type of cabbage is great cooked or even just sliced raw and dressed with olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt;


The king of vegetables in the summer is the aubergine which is delicious chargrilled, added to pasta sauces or to make the well known Parmigiana di melanzane. Yum!

Aubergine eggplant

And finally apples and figs which need a little more ripening but they will soon be ready too 🙂

Apple tree

Fig tree

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8 Responses to Tomatoes and a summer vegetable patch

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  2. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    Alida, your Dads garden puts mine to shame. What a magnificent land! I have tomato envy!

    • Alida

      I think it is just the Italian sun! It helps a great deal to grow beautiful vegs!

  3. Angelo Solo

    very emotional to see al the gods of nature and their smell , my childhood is back ,thank you so much ciao

  4. Choclette

    Oh wow Alida, that all looks so wonderful. I haven’t seen a pile of tomatoes like that in a very long time. It’s lovely to see your dad’s field.

    • Alida

      Thank you Choclette! And they are so juicy and tasty. I cannot wait to go to Italy in the summer to have as many as possible!

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I am so JEALOUS that you have so much fresh produce! Those tomatoes…gosh…can I have some? The weather is so terribly rainy over here…I guess this year I won’t have any harvest of tomatoes.

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Che bell’orto ha tuo padre! Buonissima la salsa di pomodori fatta in casa, anche mia madre la preparava per fare la provvista per l’inverno! Un abbraccio!

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