How to make tomato sauce for pasta

Here is a simple recipe for tomato sauce. This is typical Italian.

Total preparation time 15 to 20 minutes according to quantity

Ingredients (serve 4)

  • 1 can of peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 6 basil leaves
  • Optional: 1/3 fresh red chilly for a spicy sauce (arrabbiata)


  1. Cut the onion finely (and the chilly if you are using it)
  2. Put the oil in a pan with medium-low heat
  3. Add the onion (and the chilly) and fry for 4 minutes
  4. Add the tomato, a few basil leaves and a pinch of salt
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes

The tomato sauce is now ready to be served on the pasta


Use a large shallow non-stick pan (30 cm) to cook your sauce and then pour the drained pasta into the pan to mix it with the sauce.

You can use half a can of tomatoes for two people, it will make it quicker to cook. You can still use 1/2 onion for 2 people if you like it.

Variations: you can use garlic instead of onion. 1 garlic clove it’s enough

Make sure you don’t burn the onion while you shallow fry it

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