basic tomato sauce recipe for pasta

basic tomato sauce recipe for pasta

This is a basic tomato sauce recipe for pasta which costs a fraction of the price of ready made jars and tastes better too. It can be jazzed up in many ways – see suggestions at the end.


  • A little olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 can (approx. 400g) tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of tomato puree
  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons of oregano or mixed herbs
  • 1 cup of veg. stock or water
  • salt to taste


Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet. While it is cooking fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes, puree, stock or water, salt and herbs and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.

That is the basic sauce – you can add anything you like to it. Any vegetables (see which are on offer this week in the shops?) can be chopped and added with the tomatoes. Soya mince or lentils make a more traditional Bolognese type sauce as pictured above. Beans, sweetcorn and peas are all great too.

A sweet and sour sauce is easy to make also – add a can of pineapple pieces in pineapple juice and leave out the herbs. A little vinegar is added too and 1 teaspoon of sugar.

If you liked this basic tomato sauce recipe for pasta, also see: Chunky Purple Pasta

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