Tomato pasta sauce recipe

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Make your own tomato pasta sauce with our cheap, quick and easy tomato pasta sauce recipe

Classic tomato pasta sauce
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories119 Kcal6%
Sugar10.2 g11%
Fat7.2 g10%
Saturated Fat1 g5%
Salt0.4 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein2.9 g6%
Carbohydrates11.6 g4%
Salt0.4 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our tomato pasta sauce recipe is easy, rich and bursting with tomato goodness. 

A classic tomato pasta sauce is a kitchen basic that any amateur chef can master.  Speedy, budget-friendly, and made from ingredients knocking around in your store cupboard, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to do. Simply fry your chopped onions and garlic, chuck in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes. You can then use your sauce to gloss a plain bowl of pasta. Or have it to hand when you’re next making a hearty lasagne or spaghetti bolognese.


  • 2x 390g tins chopped tomatoes 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 2tbsp oil
  • 1 white or red onion
  • Dried basil
  • 1 stock cube (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1tsp tomato puree
  • Seasonings




  1. Finely chop your garlic and fry in the oil for a few mins over a low heat. Chop your onion, to your preferred size, add to the garlic and fry for a further 5 mins until the onions are soft.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer, add the stock cube, tomato puree and basil (to your preferred taste) and stir. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins until the sauce begins to thicken.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tips for making tomato pasta sauce:

You can add a little sugar to make your sauce a little sweeter. Or try a few drops of balsamic vinegar for a richer flavour.

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