5 Ways We're Using Up the Last of Summer's Tomatoes

Yes, fresh tomatoes are available all year long, but they'll never taste quite as good as they do right now.

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Ina Garten Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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Armando Rafael

It's that time between the blazing heat of summer and the flannel-wearing days of fall, where you can't decide whether you want to go apple picking or mourn the last days of flip flops. Don't get us wrong, we're all about the pumpkin spice everything, but there's just something so special about those last few tastes of summer that we're hanging onto. Here are a few of our favorites.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup (pictured above)
Ina's fresh tomato soup is giving us all of the fall feels. The roasted fresh tomatoes give just the right amount of summer to a slightly chilly fall day.

Beauty of fried green tomatoes with sauce, as seen on Food Network’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen Season 11

Fried Green Tomatoes
I've got a bunch of tomatoes in my garden that look beautiful, but are destined to never fully ripen because the weather is cooling down. Trisha's fried green tomatoes with a spicy mayo dipping sauce are great as a side, but will probably end up being the main event at my house.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Tomatoes
Almost 700 reviews can't be wrong. Rachael's cheesy crusted chicken with simply seasoned tomato salad is a winner. The best part? It takes less than 30 minutes to pull it all off.

Food Network Kitchen’s Cheesy Zucchini Packets with Roasted Tomatoes.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Cheesy Zucchini Packets with Roasted Tomatoes
These adorable little bundles are actually a gluten-free (and veggie-loaded) version of cheese-stuffed ravioli, with roasted fresh tomatoes turning into a beautiful sauce. If you don't have a mandoline, a simple vegetable peeler makes perfect zucchini ribbons.

FNK ONEPOT SPAGHETTI WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Spaghetti, Olive Oil, Tomato Paste, Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Parmesan

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

One-Pot Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
"Make fresh pasta sauce. Late season tomatoes tend to get a little sweet and watery…and make for a perfect late summer/early fall sauce," says Executive Chef Chris Stam from db Bistro Moderne. We love this recipe because everything but the cheese goes into one skillet, and it all magically comes together.

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