Easy to Make Pasta Sauce With Fresh or Tinned Tomatoes. Recipe.How to Make Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Tomato Pasta Sauce Photos.

Some of this years crop of cherry tomatoes.
Some of this years crop of cherry tomatoes.
The Tomato Pasta Sauce: cooked and ready to use.
The Tomato Pasta Sauce: cooked and ready to use.

Spaghetti with past sauce added is a quick and easy meal to cook.

Spaghetti needs a good pasta sauce to make it taste great.
Spaghetti needs a good pasta sauce to make it taste great.

How to Make a Tasty Pasta Sauce. Simple/ Easy Cooking.

Is as easy as A.B.C. 1.2.3..... an easy to make recipe...

This pasta sauce is good to use when making spaghetti or with any other type of pasta shapes. It is also cheap to make so it is good for anyone on a budget.

This pasta sauce can be made at the time of cooking the meal or prepared and stored in the fridge or frozen to use later. You can adapt it to your own taste with variations to the basic tomato pasta sauce. You can use fresh or tinned tomatoes. Using tinned tomatoes for this means it is a great easy meal for students to prepare and it can be made from store cupboard ingredients when the shops are closed.

Easy recipes like this do not need set quantities of ingredients because how much you prepare will vary; depending on the number of people you are cooking for and their appetites.

This is a great way of using tomatoes if you have a glut of them, as the finished sauce can be frozen; then in winter you can re-visit the wonderful summer flavour of home grown tomatoes.

This page includes a list of what is needed, the method that I use to prepare it and is suitable for a novice cook, the experienced cook can skip the basic explanations.

To prepare your Pasta Sauce Ingredients you will need:

Not surprisingly first on the list is :

1. Tomatoes

N.B you can use fresh ones but cost wise it is only economical if you have grown them and have a supply that needs using up. If you are using fresh wash and dry them.

Or you can use the tinned ones you get in the supermarket I use chopped tomatoes but if you only have canned whole tomatoes it will not make much difference. A tube of tomato puree/paste is useful if you need to thicken the sauce because the ratio of tomatoes to juice varies with different tinned brands of tomatoes and even when using fresh tomato a squeeze of tomato paste adds a boost to the flavour and helps to thicken the sauce.

2. A small quantity of oil:

Olive Oil is good/best for flavour but vegetable oil or sunflower oil are fine.


3. A couple of cloves of garlic

if you like it; use more or less than this to taste and depending on the size of the batch of sauce you are preparing...and the strength that the garlic cloves will give for flavour.

Or use a chopped up onion; or both, try different versions to see which you prefer.

If you want to use garlic and only have a tube of the garlic paste then add a squeeze of it to the sauce instead. I grow my own garlic and prefer fresh but will resort to the store cupboard if I have to.

To prepare your garlic separate a couple of cloves then peel them next either slice thinly or crush/squeeze in a garlic press.

To cook this you will need:

a. A Saucepan: that is the right size for the job. A heavy base one is good but use what is available.

b. A hob to cook it on, mine is gas but any oven top/hob should cook this is ok. Just make sure that you keep the heat at the correct level so that it does not catch/ burn the sauce.

c. A wooden spoon to stir it with.

And I always wear an apron when I cook with tomatoes as it is easier than washing tomato stains out of clothes, I’m a messy cook you might not be. It helps when cooking fresh tomatoes to pierce them with a knife before you start cooking them... so they do not 'pop' when cooking.. but with cherry tomatoes it is not worth bothering to do this.

How to Cook The Tomato Pasta Sauce.

Cooking Method for Easy to Make Pasta Sauce.

* 1* Pan on hob/top of stove.

Set hob to correct temperature; not too hot you are going to add about a couple of tablespoons of oil to the pan and then add the garlic and/or the onion.

Do not allow the garlic or onion to brown or caramelise just soften it with the oil and the heat, move it gently in the pan with the wooden spoon, this will not take long.

*2* When this looks softer and more translucent carefully add your tomatoes to the saucepan. Take care how you add them you have warm oil and cold tomatoes so you cannot just toss them in recklessly. Add a squirt of tomato paste from the tube.

If the tinned tomatoes have a lot of juice, squeeze some extra tomato paste into the sauce to help thicken it. Stir frequently while cooking it, i.e. do not allow it to stick to the pan. If you wish to, add salt. If the tomatoes are not as sweet as you wish add a small amount of sugar.. less then half a teaspoon to start you can always add more.

Nearly done:

*3* Cook your pasta sauce, until it thickens, it should by then coat the back of your wooden spoon.

chopped peppers in this sauce make a tasty variation.
chopped peppers in this sauce make a tasty variation. | Source

It will now be ready to serve with your cooked pasta... spaghetti, penne or your own favourite.

Better Pasta Hints:

Pasta with ridges such as penne allows the sauce to coat it/ stick to the surface of it better.

While your pasta is draining in a colander, put the pasta sauce into the pan you cooked the pasta in, place it on a low to medium heat on the hob. Tip the pasta in and give it a good mix around with your wooden spoon to coat the pasta with the sauce.

Serve with real Parmesan Cheese that you’ve grated and sprinkled over it.

(Vegetarians need to find a substitute or omit Parmesan Cheese from their meal.

 Some supermarkets stock a cheese that is a similar style of cheese to this that is amrked as suitable for vegetarians.

However true Parmesan cheese is only produced in a small area of Italy close to the city of Parma)

The ready grated Parmesan is often drier and lacks the taste of Parmesan you’ve grated fresh.

New cooks: Your pasta should be al dente ( which means firm to the tooth) in other words do not overcook it, pasta is not meant to be soggy or sticking together. It does matter it will taste better and work better with the sauce. Be guided by the pasta packet cooking time but use your own judgement taste it - if its not cooked cook it another min. then taste again. I think the quantity you are cooking and the water you are cooking it in gives variation to the cooking time required.

Sauce variations:

At stage *1* add diced red, yellow or orange peppers.

Add chillies or chili powder to the basic sauce to make a spicy pasta sauce.

When your sauce is almost cooked add a handful of cherry tomatoes, as these will cook but remain whole they will add another dimension to the texture of your sauce.

I hope you enjoy cooking your pasta sauce and making your own versions of this dish.

Reasons why it is a good idea to Make your Own Pasta Sauce.

This Easy Pasta Sauce Recipe is a healthy meal.

It is healthier than some of the shop bought jars because you control the amount of salt you add to it.

  • Less salt than ready made Pasta Sauce.....add the amount of salt you want. Some jars of ready made pasta sauce have a high salt content. If you make your own you can add as little or as much salt as you want to taste. That applies to added sugar too.

Lower salt content and lower sugar equals better health for you and your family.

With this pasta sauce recipe you only add as much salt as you want: none if you wish.

You only add a small amount of sugar if you wish.

You only need three natural ingredients tomatoes (tinned tomatoes or fresh + a squeeze or 2 of tomato paste) and garlic if you wish... plus a small amount of oil to cook it with.

If you want to you can make this with tomato passata... or a tin of chopped or plum tomatoes from the store cupboard.

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2uesday 2 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Stephie it is good to know that you like this recipe and that is useful to you. I like simple healthy meal ideas. I only really understood how simplicity is the secret to success with this after watching it being made in an Italian home. It is an adaptable and versatile pasta sauce recipe as you have discovered.

Stephie 2 years ago

I love this recipe! I didn't have any garlic or tomato paste, but I added chilli flakes, and a few drops of tabasco sauce, and to thicken it, I just simmered it down. Hit with everyone!

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals it took me a long time to realize how simple it is to make a good pasta sauce.

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

2uesday, I will definitely try your tomato sauce recipe. It sounds both healthy and delicious. Just what I like. Up, useful, and interesting.

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

That is wonderful I hope you enjoyed your pasta with the tomato sauce. My mother-in-law was Italian so it was important to get a pasta sauce recipe that works well.

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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Enjoyed reading this hub...and am inspired to make some pasta sauce with my extra tomatoes tonight! :0)

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2uesday 4 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Senoritaa thank you sorry I missed your comment when you posted it.

Carleen - I am really pleased you found this recipe useful.

carleen 4 years ago

i will try this healthy pasta sauce..definitely for on a budget like me..thank you for this!

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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Bookmarked, thanks for sharing.

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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you Izaakmd, after trying to make pasta sauce in lots of different ways I discovered that this simple and easy to make recipe was the best one.

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IZAAKMD 5 years ago from Hull

A really go recipe. im going to have to try this one !

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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you AlmostLola, I am hoping for a good crop of tomatoes this year so that instead of using tinned tomatoes to make this I can use the tastier home grown ones.

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AlmostLola 5 years ago

When I grow my tomatoes this summer, I'm definitely trying this! Thanks!

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you voice ofpraise, this is a great way to use tomatoes if you have a glut of them all ready at one time. Thanks for visitng this page and leaving a comment here.

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voiceofpraise71 6 years ago from Georgia

Can't wait to try this with my homegrown tomatoes. Thanks!

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thank you LarasMama pleased you liked this recipe.

Vegetarians can eat cheese so long as it is made with rennet from a non-animal source. Rennet is a product derived from a (dead) calves stomach so 'true' vegetarians only eat cheese that states suitable for vegetarians. Which should mean that the rennet type substance used to produce the cheese comes from a non-animal source.

Parmesan cheese is not traditionally made with a non-animal rennet. However supermarkets in the UK (Sainsburys) have recently started to stock a 'Parmesan style' cheese that is OK for vegetarians.

Thank you, for raising this point, as I think it is a good idea for me to explain this further in the recipe above as I have referred to the use of the Parmesan cheese.

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LarasMama 6 years ago from a secret location, Australia

Sounds good! Love cherry tomatoes - just one small correction. Vegetarians generally eat cheese, it is vegans that avoid all animal products.

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

Thanks itakins and mulberry pleased you liked this one. Mulberry what is the US word for cooking on the top of the oven - ours is hob or gas/electric ring but not sure what I should put to make it more suitablefor US users? Thank you.

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mulberry1 6 years ago

This sounds like a great recipe too. Being from the US, hob isn't a word I'm familiar with but I think it's easy enough to figure out!

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Delicious...it's too late now,but guess what's for dinner tomorrow?

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday. Author

hi cmjo - this does make a tasty pasta sauce.

The best I ever tasted was made by a lady in Italy who picked the tomatoes from the field, cooked them and served it with spaghetti. Each time I cook this I try to make it as tasty as possible because of her. Thanks for reading this recipe and leaving a comment here.

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cjmo75 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Great Hub! I bet this makes a wonderful sauce. There's nothing better than a homemade tomato sauce tossed with somw cappelini and topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Throw in a nice bottle of red wine and it's all over!

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