Rich Tomato Pasta Sauce

Written by Liz

I’m Liz, I share recipes and easy substitutes to make plant-based living simple!

July 23, 2021



Rich Tomato Pasta Sauce

A slow-cooked classic red sauce, perfect for a weekend at home. The flavours build gradually over a couple of hours to create a rich but balanced sauce. Serve with fresh pasta and red wine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta, pasta sauce, tomato pasta sauce
Servings 6 people


  • Dutch oven


  • 2 800ml can diced tomatoes roughly chopped
  • 1 brown onion large
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 carrot finely grated
  • 800 ml water
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt
  • cracked pepper
  • olive oil extra virgin

To serve

  • cooked pasta of choice
  • fresh parsley
  • vegan parmesan


  • Add onion to a food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
  • Add a lug of olive oil to dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and stir until translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  • Blitz garlic, oregano and carrot in food processor until finely chopped. Add to the onions with a pinch of salt and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Blitz canned tomatoes in food processor until smooth. Add to the onion and carrot mixture, sitr until combined.
  • Add tomato paste and water, stir until combined.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer for 1.5 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Top with extra water if needed. The longer you can leave the sauce to simmer, the more flavoursome it will become.
  • Serve with freshly cooked pasta, cracked pepper, parsley and vegan parmesan.

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