simple tomato chilli pasta sitting on wood and green cloth

Simple Tomato Pasta with Chilli

A simple, tasty dish that freezes well

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 x 400g tin of good quality tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • 250 g pasta


  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and gently sweat the onions for 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and continue to cook for a further 3 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato puree to the saucepan and cook for a minute before stirring in the tinned tomatoes, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer gently for 20-25 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. This cooking helps to improve the flavour. If it gets too thick add a splash of water.
  3. Some brands of chopped tomatoes can be quite tart even after cooking. If this is the case stir in 1 tsp of sugar to the sauce.
  4. When nearly ready to serve cook the pasta, drain then stir through the sauce. Serve with pesto, rocket, parmesan and a slab of sourdough.