Pasta with Tomato Paste Sauce Recipe

Pasta is such a versatile meal staple and can be combined with so many different ingredients to create a variety of tasty family meals. For a classic Mediterranean style dish combine tomato paste with your favorite style of pasta, fresh basil leaves and parmesan cheese.


Tomato Paste Sauce

Make sure you have the following ingredients on hand for a quick and tasty meal:

  • Tomato paste
  • Pasta
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese

If you don’t have a store bought tomato paste in your pantry you can easily make your own from fresh or canned tomatoes. It’s simple and when you make your own you know exactly what the ingredients are. An advantage of making your own tomato paste is being able to cut down on added salt and sugar in your diet.

Here’s a quick recipe for making your own tomato paste to use as a pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes. If using fresh tomatoes, allow 2 to 3 hours to create the perfect tomato paste.

Top Tip: Using canned tomatoes will shorten the cooking time to just 10 minutes.

Favourite and Simple Spring Pasta Dish


  • 1 lb. dry pasta (any kind of pasta you prefer but I used spaghetti)
  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet and the quantity required for the number of people. IMPORTANT: save a cup of the pasta water when you drain the pasta.
  • 2. Warm the tomato paste in a saucepan and add the saved pasta water to reduce the thickness - amount will vary depending on how thick or thin you want the sauce. Thicker is great for adding to the top of spaghetti.
  • 3. Garnish this simple tomato paste pasta dish with fresh basil leaves (from your garden if you have fresh spring basil leaves) or store bought works just as well.
  • 4. Add some parmesan cheese grated or shaved as in image for that extra special fresh spring touch.


Tomato paste sauce is a versatile base for pizzas, meatball sauce, soup base or simply stirring through cooked pasta for a quick and easy, nutritious meal. Add your favorite spring vegetables for variety. Try this sauce with zucchini noodles or ribbons too.

Now you have the perfect light and tasty spring tomato pasta dish! Enjoy!

Sophia Gardner

I'm Sophia, food blogger, dog lover, homemade cooking and travel passion. I really hope you enjoy my blog, i'll do my best to share great recipes, healthy living tips and just general 'food' thoughts!

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