Easy Tomato Pasta




35 Min




  • 1 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 0.5 Small onion diced
  • 0.5 Garlic clove crushed or finely chopped
  • 200g Tin chopped tomatoes
  • 0.5 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • A small handful of basil roughly chopped
  • 150g Pasta
  • 1.5 Sundried tomatoes
  • Grated cheddar or parmesan


Step 1

Pour the olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion. Put on a low heat and sweat the onion, with the lid on, for about 5 minutes, until the onion is softened but not brown. Stir occasionally.

Step 2

When the onion is cooked, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Add the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and half the basil. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil, then cook for 10-15 minutes on a low heat, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions/your own preferences. Add the sundried tomatoes to the pasta to rehydrate.

Step 5

Just before the pasta is ready, fish out the sundried tomatoes, then chop them finely and add to the sauce.

Step 6

Drain the pasta and stir into the sauce with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water from the pasta. Serve sprinkled with the cheese and the remaining basil.

Top Tips:

  • Add a splash of olive oil in with the pasta to avoid it sticking together 
  • Simply double or half the ingredients to make this recipe for 1 or 4 people as it’s currently set for 2 
  • Dried garlic or garlic granules work just as well as fresh garlic if you have it in the cupboard
  • If you want to add a bit more protein or substance fry off some chicken or bacon and pop it in the sauce