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Basic vegan pasta sauce recipe

Basic vegan pasta sauce recipe

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This vegan pasta sauce is so easy to make, even for a last minute supper after a busy day at work. Leftovers can be frozen with great success!

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IngredientsServes: 3

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 large tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 small green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:35min

  1. In a frying pan over medium-low heat, saute onion and garlic in the vegetable oil. Place tomatoes into onion and garlic mixture. Stir in diced pepper, salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn down heat if it starts to stick.

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I liked this recipe. This is the first homemade tomato sauce i've attempted. I did puree it afterwards and it thickened up. It's easy and you can add what you like to adjust taste.-07 Apr 2006

by Kyndal

I made this while babysitting one night. The parents had left some nasty frozen chicken strips for me to make and I just couldn't feed them such junk. Both girls just loved this! I left out the onion (cuz they didn't have one), but other than that I stuck to the recipe. I can't wait to make this for my fiance'.-18 Jan 2008

by BAM

I made this recipe because I'm vegetarian and wanted to use up tomatoes from my neighbor. I thought I would make it and freeze it. But, it was so good that I ate some as soon as it was done. This will not make it to the freezer!-22 Aug 2006

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1. 20 Minute Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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19. Spicy Tomato Penne Pasta

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20. Summer Pasta Salad with Tahini Dressing

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And one more vegan pasta recipe to round out the list…

21. Spicy Vegan Pasta with Sausage

My newest vegan pasta recipe, this might be one of my favorite pasta recipes in the whole list. Rigatoni with spicy Italian vegan sausage and a thick, creamy tomato sauce.


I topped my noodles with some chopped scallions and sesame seeds.

I also enjoyed my noodles plain (see photo below) but I actually prefer it with some tofu, mushrooms, or veggies for that extra bite and protein. Plus, it’s great way to use leftover veggies.

Enjoy and slurp away! These noodles are really so easy and so satisfying!

I’ll share the full recipe below!

Unlike other Alfredo pasta recipes, this vegan Alfredo pasta by Anthea from Rainbow Nourishments is not full of calories and fats. On the opposite, it’s made with zucchini noodles and cashews. You won’t believe how creamy it is.

Perfect for a light and healthy dinner after a busy workday!

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Perfecting a delicious, basic go-to recipe for spaghetti sauce has been on my to-do list for a very long time . Nailing that perfect sauce has required a lot of trial and error. It’s not that making tomato sauce is hard, it really isn’t! But it’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to realize exactly what it was I was looking for: Simplicity.

In the past I often over-seasoned my tomato sauce with too many dried herbs, onion, plenty of different veggies, and sugar. Over the years I've made a lot of sauces that I definitely enjoyed, but I never made one that felt like the one .

After browsing through 'Vegan with A Vengeance' for the millionth time, I read this tip from Isa Chandra Moskowitz:

Pizza sauce is a simple thing, a little garlic, a few herbs. The mistake some home cooks make is overseasoning it with all kinds of Italian spice mixes and whatnot - all it really needs is a subtle hint of herb."

Even though I'm not making pizza sauce, I figured that this logic probably applies to all tomato-based sauces. The tomatoes need to be the star of the show!

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I love serving this sauce on (unrinsed) whole wheat spaghettini noodles, with fresh basil, vegan Parmesan, and of course, plenty of crispy garlic toast.

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There are just 3 basic ingredients – oil, flour and plant-based milk (I used soy milk) to make your basic white sauce.

To that you add some salt, black pepper, dijon mustard, great for adding a cheesy flavor don’t even ask me why but really it works, and some nutritional yeast.

And that might be as far as you need to go to get your perfect cheese sauce flavor! If you want to intensify the flavors a bit more, you can add in some optional onion powder and garlic powder too.

Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 10 Mins
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Jars 1 x
  • Category: Pasta Sauce
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan


This homemade tomato pasta sauce recipe is made using fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil. Its has been blended into a smooth and creamy pasta sauce that can be enjoyed with many different Mediterranean, middle eastern and Italian pasta dishes.


1 kg Vine Ripened Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Chopped Basil Laves

1 Medium hot red chilli chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, chilli and minced garlic and saute until softened.
  3. Pour in the wine and simmer for 2-3 minutes before adding the vine-ripened tomatoes and seasoning. Cover the pot with the lid and simmer the tomatoes in their own juices until soft and mushy. You may need to mash them down with a potato masher until it starts to resemble a thick chunky tomato sauce.
  4. Stir in the basil leaves and cook for a further 5-10 minutes on medium heat with the lid off the pot.
  5. Blend the sauce and store it in a glass jar once cool or use immediately.


Keywords: homemade pasta sauce, marinara sauce, authentic pasta sauce