Herbed Tomato Gelato (Gelato di herbes e tomati)

Don’t forget, tomatoes are fruit! In all seriousness, tomatoes make for a delicious and unusual frozen dessert ingredient. Give it a try!

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 11 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 3 cups fresh, ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup simple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream


  • In a medium pot over low heat, reduce the tomatoes for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary. Refrigerate mixture 4 hours or overnight.
  • Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Stop the churning as soon as the gelato is just frozen.