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Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce Recipe


It is a tangy and spicy pasta sauce, prepared with only one tablespoon of oil. This pasta sauce can be stored in a refrigerator easily for 4-5 days. So, cook it and store it.

I have added an unusual ingredient, carrot to it. Carrot contributes to sweetness in the sauce and adds nutrition as well. I make sure to add vegetables like carrot and capsicum in pizza/pasta sauce itself , whenever I cook pasta for my son. He relishes it and I am happy that he has eaten vegetables. It is a win-win situation for both of us. I have not added capsicum to this sauce but will soon be sharing the recipe with it.

Main ingredient of this sauce is tomato. They are a rich source of vitamin A (good for eyes and skin), vitamin C (boosts immunity), potassium (healthy functioning of body’s cells, tissues and organs) and folic acid (necessary for cell development). A single sized tomato contains half of your daily value of vitamin C. They are also a good source of antioxidants lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein. Red colour of tomatoes mainly comes from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Research suggests that it provides protection against cancer.

Another important ingredient, Basil is again a healthy herb. It is noted to be rich in Vitamin A,Vitamin K and possesses many other vitamins and minerals.

So, go ahead and enjoy your healthy pasta.

Yields: 1 1/2 cup sauce


  • 1 1/2 Medium Onion (Chopped)
  • 4  Medium Tomatoes (Chopped)
  • 1 Big Carrot (Chopped)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Italian Basil leaves(Shredded)
  • 2 Tsp Paprika Powder
  • 2 Tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dry Parsley (Optional)
  • 2 Tsp Italian Mixed Herbs Seasoning
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil/Any Other Cooking Oil
  • Salt As per Taste


  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add chopped garlic to it. Once it turns slight golden, add onion and cook for 4-5 minutes till it turns translucent.
  2. Add carrot. Cover the pan and cook for 5-7 minutes.image
  3. Add tomatoes and cook till they are tender.
  4. Add paprika powder, chilli flakes, dry parsley, mixed herbs seasoning, tomato ketchup and salt. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add basil and cook for a minute. Do not cook for long as too much exposure to heat reduces its flavor.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool down completely and subsequently, blitz the mixture in a grinder.
  7. Transfer the contents to the pan again and cook it to reach desired consistency. Add water, if needed.
  8. Cook with the pasta of your choice and serve it.


  1. It pairs well with short pasta shapes like penne,macaroni, farfalle,fusilli etc.
  2. One can pair it with fettuccine and spaghetti as well. In such a case, add some cream or milk to the sauce in its last stage of cooking to provide a creamy texture.

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