Tii-rific Tomato Sauce

This simple chunky tomato sauce is bursting with flavour. It is a great base and you can experiment by adding all sorts of flavours to it.

Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes 4 servings


1.5 wooden spoons +


  • 300g Fusilli (or other pasta)
  • 400g tinned tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • Herbs e.g. Mixed Herbs or Oregano (optional)
  • Cheese to serve (optional)


  • Saucepans (1 medium for sauce, 1 large for pasta)
  • Colander
  • Sharp knife
  • Garlic crusher (optional)


  1. Chop the onion into small pieces.
  2. Peel the garlic and crush or chop finely.
  3. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water according to the packet’s instructions.
  1. While the pasta is boiling pour olive oil into the medium saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add the onion and garlic to the oil and fry gently for 2 minutes until golden.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes, puree and herbs to the tomato mixture. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 more minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta using a colander.
  5. Top your pasta with your sauce and cheese if you wish.

Further Suggestions

  • Try adding other ingredients to your tomato sauce base, such as tuna, lentils, meatballs, sausage pieces or pancetta.
  • Like things spicy? Add some chilli flakes.
  • Why not also try this tomato sauce in a lasagna? It goes purrfectly!

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