Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce | Simple & Delicious

Vegan tomato pasta sauce, tossed through spaghetti and garnished with fresh basil.

The humble tomato – don’t you just love it? We do! And this tomato basil pasta sauce shows it off in all its glory! In fact, our mouths water just thinking about it – we never get tired of this recipe!

Made in the Americas

Humans have a looong history with tomatoes. Now, you might associate them with southern European cuisine. However, did you know tomatoes were first cultivated by the Aztecs? In fact, the Spanish only discovered tomatoes when they colonized Mexico.

After this precious cargo went back to Europe, it started spreading around the world. In fact, the Spanish planted tomatoes all the way from the Carribean to Southeast Asia.

Tomato Trivia

You’ve surely heard the debate – is tomato a fruit or a vegetable? Well, if you’re a stickler for botany, it’s a fruit. However, common sense tells us it’s a ‘culinary vegetable‘.

Even so, we’ll probably never put the argument to bed. In fact, even the US Government has weighed in. In 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato is a vegetable … for tax purposes!

One last thing – an old name for tomato was the ‘Wolf’s Peach’. We won’t get into the reasons why, but ‘Wolf’s Peach Pasta’ sounds kind of badass, right?

Can Somebody Pass-da sauce?

We think quick preparation is important for this recipe, so we’ve used canned tomatoes. However, be sure to check the ingredients when you buy them. If they are good quality, there shouldn’t be anything in there apart from tomatoes, salt, and (maybe) citric acid.

Ingredients ot make tomato basil pasta sauce, including fresh basil, can tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic

If you decide you prefer fresh tomatoes, no problem! You can start by dunking them in boiling water for a minute. This will loosen the skin and make them easy to peel. Once you’ve removed the skin, chop them up and cook them until they soften and break down (up to 20 minutes). After this, you’re ready to continue!

Note: You’ll need about 4 cups of chopped fresh tomato to replace a 28-ounce can.

Your Tomato Basil Pasta Awaits!

The rest is so easy! Put some oil in a pan and fry some garlic until you can smell it. Then, add the can of tomatoes and remaining ingredients, and let the tomato sauce bubble for around 10 minutes. When the tomato sauce is thick enough to stick to the pasta, add fresh basil and simmer for another 5 minutes. We just roughly chop or tear the basil up and stir it in. Chunky basil is so tasty!

When you’re done, just toss the sauce through the pasta so that it’s lightly coated. Garnish with a little extra fresh basil, vegan parmesan cheese, and dig in!

Finished tomato pasta sauce in a pan with fresh basil being mixed into it.

We hope you had fun whipping up this easy tomato basil pasta. If you tried it, please let us know what you think with a comment and a rating. Every bit of feedback helps make the blog even better!

If you’re on a pasta kick, why not try mixing your noodles with Spring Greens and Spicy Lentils, Butternut Squash, or Lentil Bolognese?

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Vegan tomato pasta sauce, tossed through spaghetti and garnished with fresh basil.

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce | Simple & Delicious

  • Author: Rachel Steenland
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A bright and delicious recipe for tomato pasta sauce with lashings of fresh basil. This sauce is so quick it’s almost ready before your pasta cooks!




To serve (optional)


  1. Add olive oil and garlic to a large pot and saute for 2 minutes over medium heat. 
  2. Pour tomatoes, vegetable broth, sun-dried tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper into the pot and stir well to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in fresh basil and cook for a further 5 minutes. 
  4. Start cooking the pasta while the tomato sauce is simmering. Fill a large pot with water and add a pinch of salt.
  5. Bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  6. Now finish the tomato sauce. Before serving, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  7. Scoop the finished sauce into the pot of cooked pasta and toss to combine.
  8. Divide between 4 bowls and sprinkle with a little fresh basil and vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


  • Nutritional information is to be used as a guide only as calories and nutrition vary between products and brands worldwide.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 355
  • Sugar: 9.3 g
  • Sodium: 680.6 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 54 g
  • Fiber: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: tomato basil pasta, tomato pasta sauce, vegan pasta recipe

Vegan tomato pasta sauce, tossed through spaghetti and garnished with fresh basil.

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