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Pasta with homemade tomato sauce

Points® value
Total Time
55 min
10 min
45 min
It’s not difficult or too time consuming to make your own basic tomato sauce for pasta – this is a great dish for the whole family.


Calorie controlled cooking spray

5 spray(s)


3 clove(s), crushed


1 large, red, finely chopped


1 pinch, and freshly ground black pepper

Tinned Tomatoes

800 g

Vegetable stock cube

1 cube(s), vegetable, make up to 150ml with hot water

White pasta, dry

350 g, shapes

Basil, fresh

4 leaf/leaves, to garnish


  1. Spray the low fat cooking spray in a large heavy-based saucepan and gently fry the garlic for 1 minute. Add the onion and some salt and pepper. Cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until soft and golden.
  2. Add the tomatoes and stock to the saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reducing the sauce concentrates it to give a rich, delicious flavour. Check the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper, if needed. If you like, use a stick blender to partially blend the sauce.
  3. Cook the pasta shapes for 8-10 minutes, or according to pack instructions. Drain well, then return to the saucepan and add the tomato sauce. Stir and re-heat gently for a few moments, then serve, garnished with basil leaves.


This recipe is suitable for the following approaches: Vegetarian, Mediterranean and Higher Carb.