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Tomato Pasta (Pasta With Tomato Sauce)

Tomato pasta is an absolutely easy to make weeknight dinner recipe that you can fix in 30 minutes. This is one of my favorite ways to cook pasta. Vegetarian recipe.
Flavors of fresh tomatoes, Italian herbs and some fresh cream combines so well to make this tomato pasta recipe rich, creamy and oh so flavorful. Top with some crushed pepper and basil leaves or rosemary for a wonderful hearty dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: continental, Italian
Keyword: Pasta with tomato sauce, Tomato pasta
Servings: 3
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1.5 cups pasta dried, any shape
  • water to boil pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To make pasta with tomato sauce

  • 4 tomatoes large, ripe OR 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup cheese grated or cubed
  • 1/4 cup cream fresh cream or heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan vegetarian, grated


  • Bring a large pot of water to rolling boil with a pinch of salt and 1/4 teaspoon olive oil.
    boiling salted water
  • Add 1.25 cups dried pasta to the large pot of boiling salted water and mix gently once to avoid pasta sticking to the bottom of the pot.
    cooking pasta in salted boiling water in a large pot
  • Cook the pasta until it is tender but a bit firm (al dente). We do not want super soft pasta which will turn mushy on further tossing with sauce. Once cooked drain the pasta in a colander and set aside.
    al dente cooked pasta
  • Reserve about 1/4 cup pasta cooked water.
    pasta cooked water
  • Rinse and wipe 4 large tomatoes and halve them.
    fresh ripe tomatoes
  • bring a large pot of water to boil and add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to it. Add the tomatoes and blanch for 3-4 minutes.
    blanching tomatoes in a large pot of boiling water
  • Drain and rinse under cold running water. Remove the peels and place tomatoes in a large bowl. Crush them coarsely. If you are using canned tomatoes, skip the above steps and proceed from the next step.
    peeled and crushed tomatoes for tomato pasta recipe
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan. Now add crushed red pepper flakes and saute for few seconds. Add chopped onions and saute till they turn a bit soft. Add 2 cloves garlic minced and saute till the raw flavor of garlic leaves.
    sautéing onions, minced garlic cloves and crushed red pepper flakes in olive oil
  • Now add the crushed tomatoes and mix.
    Crushed tomatoes added to sautéed onions to make tomato pasta
  • Next add 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, crushed black pepper. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.
    herbs and seasonings added to crushed tomatoes for making sauce.
  • Mix very well and add the 1/4 cup reserved pasta cooked water.
    pasta cooked water added to cooked tomatoes for making pasta sauce
  • Simmer the sauce until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can use kosher salt or sea salt too.
    simmering fresh tomato sauce for pasta
  • Add cheese cubes and fresh cream. I have used mozzarella here. Mix and simmer until cheese melts.
    cream and cheese added to tomato sauce for pasta
  • Add the cooked pasta.
    al dente pasta added to sauce for making pasta with tomato
  • Add more dried herbs, chopped fresh basil, chopped parsley, rosemary, more crushed red pepper flakes. Mix well. You can drizzle little bit extra virgin olive oil while serving.
    more herbs and seasonings added
  • Serve tomato pasta hot or warm with some grated parmesan cheese as main meal.
    closeup shot of easy pasta tomato-tomato pasta recipe


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1989IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 1mg