Last updated on September 10th, 2019 at 09:01 pm
Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce
One of the things I have learnt from my trips to Italy is that everyone outside of Italy really over complicates Italian food, and I am definitely guilty of this too. You only have to look at how many toppings we put on our pizza, or how many different ingredients we add to our pasta dishes to see this. In Italy, their food tends to be much more simple, and I think it is tastier because of it.
We have kept this pasta sauce really simple with just a good quality passata, some fresh and dried herbs, garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar. There are plenty of other ingredients you could add to it, like vegetables, or meat, but if you want something quick and simple then this is a great base.
Why should you try it?
✔ Super simple sauce with very few ingredients
✔ Just 70 calories a portion
✔ Healthier than a jar of pasta sauce
✔ Easy to adapt and add other ingredients
✔ Can be frozen for a quick and easy dinner.
Healthy Tomato Pasta Sauce
This is an easy recipe, but of course it would be easier to just open a jar of store bought sauce. But, next time you are in the supermarket, take a look at the ingredients of some of those pasta sauces. Some (not all – there are some great options out there now) contain so much salt, sugar and unnecessary ingredients.
Making your own pasta sauce means you can control exactly what goes in to it and you can use just a pinch of salt to season it. The splash of balsamic gives it a little sweetness too.
Pasta Sauce with Passata
Passata (or tomato puree as it is called in the US), is strained tomatoes (liquid tomato puree). It will come in a carton or tall glass jar and it is a store cupboard essential in our opinion, as it is the base of so many sauces that we make.
Passata is an uncooked tomato purée that has been strained of seeds and skins. If you can’t find any passata, then an alternative would be to blend up a tin of tomatoes and then pass it through a sieve.
Can You Freeze Pasta Sauce?
This Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce is perfect for batch cooking. Triple the recipe and then freeze it in portions. Then all you need to do it get it out the night before to defrost and heat it through some cooked pasta (or use it as a pizza base sauce) for a quick week night meal.
- You can use this simply stirred through pasta, as a spaghetti bolognese sauce or as a pizza base sauce.
- It freezes really well, so feel free to triple the recipe and batch cook it.
- This is a simple sauce, but you can use it as a base and add vegetables or meat to it. Cooking times will vary though.
- This is a vegan sauce, but some parmesan or vegan alternative, is really nice sprinkled on top after cooking.
How To Make Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce – Step by Step:
One: Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the onion and garlic. Gently cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Two: Add the passata, herbs and balsamic vinegar and season. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
Three: Stir through cooke spaghetti and add parmesan.
Want to try some other pasta recipes? How about these:
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Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce
- ½ Onion, diced
- 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tbsp Fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tbsp Dried oregano
- 250 g Passata
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- Cook the onion and garlic in a little oil until softened.
- Add the passata sauce and herbs and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir through cooked spaghetti and top with parmesan.