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Here’s a very tasty tomato pasta recipe that will take around 10 minutes to prepare and only 15 minutes to cook. Perfect for those nights when you haven’t got a lot of time – or just can’t be bothered spending too much time in the kitchen.

Here’s another couple of super quick pasta dishes Tuna Pasta with Pesto and Red Capsicum and Prawn Pasta.

This recipe will serve around 4 people.

Tomato Pasta

Here goes:

Tomato Pasta – Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of oil for frying (I use olive oil)
  • One red or brown onion – diced
  • One small capsicum/pepper (any colour) – diced
  • Clove of garlic, crushed
  • 28oz/800g tin of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Small tin of anchovies, drained of oil and chopeed
  • Around 12 olives
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons capers
  • Small bunch of basil (or teaspoon of dried basil)
  • 14oz/400g tin of mixed pulses – drained (I used ‘three beans’ and only used half the tin)
  • Pasta of your choice for 4
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Tomato Pasta – Method

  1. Gently heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion until just soft
  2. Add the pepper and garlic and gently fry for a minute of two
  3. Add everything else, bar the pasta and Parmesan, and stir
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer (uncovered) for around 15 minutes
  5. While the tomato sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water
  6. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese

Tomato Pasta Ingredients


Onion Capsicum and Garlic


Tomato Pasta Simmering

Handy Hints and Variations

  • If you have the time, adding crispy cooked bacon pieces is a tasty variation
  • I only used half the tin of mixed pulses
  • The tomato sauce is also nice with jacket potatoes or boiled rice
  • Add a bag of marinara (mixed seafood) for a fishy variation
  • You could make one of my easy Crumble Recipes for dessert

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy tomato pasta recipe. Thanks for visiting my website.

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Jan Littlehales

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9 Responses to “Tomato Pasta – in Ten Minutes”

  1. Lynnette Sim says:

    I cook something similar without the beans and I do like the idea that you add the beans for extra protein. I usually tossed some ‘pancetta’ or ‘bacon bits’ on top but beans are healthier and great for vegetarian. I also love the idea of having anchovies in the sauce. It gives the extra depth to the taste. Children who hate anchovies seemed not to mind if you ensure that you melt or crush the anchovies into the sauce whilst cooking.

  2. Hi Lynnette,
    Yes, the beans are great for adding extra protein – and they taste great too šŸ™‚
    I use anchovies a lot. They add great flavour and also season the dish – so there’s usually no need to add any extra salt.

  3. Lisa Wood says:

    Hi Jan,

    I have never thought to make my own tomato sauce for any of my meals! What a great idea….and your recipe sounds so easy! We cook a lot with garlic and olive oil, so I reckon this pasta sauce recipe is perfect for a great meal for our boys!

  4. Hi Jan,
    that sounds so yummy! I have made tomato sauces, but never thought about adding pulses to it, Will definitely give that a try!


  5. Thanks Renee and Lisa,
    … and you can put any left over tomato sauce and pasta into a baking dish, give it a good stir, top with Parmesan cheese and bake for 10-15 mins. Great as a side dish – I did just that last night and served it with baked fish. Nice šŸ™‚

  6. This tomato pasta looks so delicious. I never like to spend much time in the kitchen so this recipe would be perfect for quick easy and tasty rolled into 1.

  7. Thanks Jackie,
    This tomato pasta is such a quick and easy option – you wont need to spend too much time in the kitchen šŸ™‚

  8. Is there a specific difference between tomato sauce and napoli sauce? Lovin’ the photos they really make your recipes come to life. Don’t forget to add salt to your boiling pasta – it stops it sticking together.

  9. Hi David,
    As far as I know, a napoli sauce is a basic tomato sauce, traditionally served with pasta. Good to hear you like the photos! (salt?? I know I probably should add salt to pasta, but I rarely add salt to anything)

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