Pasta with tomato sauce

Serves 2. Preparation 5 minutes. Cooking 35 minutes. With thanks to NHS Choices for contributing this recipe.


  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • (1 tsp)
  • 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g/14oz)
  • Tomato purée (2 tbsp)
  • Pinch of mixed dried herbs
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Dry penne or similar pasta (210g/7oz)

To serve:

  • Salt and black pepper
  • Grated parmesan


  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan or frying pan. Add the chopped onions and cook them on a medium heat until they are soft.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Make sure the pan is not too hot when you add the garlic as it burns easily. Burnt garlic will make the sauce taste bitter.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato purée and mixed herbs.
  4. Simmer gently for 15 minutes until the sauce is thick and rich.
  5. Add the black pepper to taste.
  6. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  7. Serve topped with fresh herbs and grated parmesan.


Suitable for:

  • people with loss of taste or smell
  • people with a dry or sore mouth
  • people with sickness or nausea
  • people with problems chewing   
  • vegetarians.

Nutritional information

Energy 307kcal; Protein 11.7g; Total fat 3.5g (of which saturates 0.4g); Carbohydrate 61.1g; Fibre 5.2g.