World’s Easiest Tomato Sauce Recipe – perfect for pasta, pizza & chicken

I LOVE this recipe. It is so quick, and so easy – and tastes so much better than buying a pasta sauce from the supermarket! It’s made up of only seven ingredients and takes no more than half an hour to make from start to finish. It’s also a perfect recipe for anyone who thinks that can’t cook – as long as you can chop an onion and open a can of tinned tomatoes, you can make this sauce. It’s that easy!

Tomato sauce with chilli, onion, garlic and basil

This recipe uses both tinned tomatoes and passata – which means that it’s smooth enough to coat pasta but there are still chunks in the sauce. Tomato and basil is a classic combination, and including a little chilli and the balsamic vinegar means there’s depth to the flavour.

I’ve used this sauce as the base for home-made pizza, cooked a rabbit stew with this sauce as a base and eaten a late night supper of pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella - it really is a brilliant base for so many meals. It also freezes well; so it’s perfect to make a double batch and stick a few portions in the freezer – especially good for when you want a quick pasta snack! This sauce is also brilliant for slow-cooker meals – just add some chicken thighs to the slow cooker with this sauce and some mozzarella and some sweetcorn. Leave for a few hours and return to a tasty meal where the chicken falls off of the bone!

World’s Easiest Tomato Sauce

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website Eating Local In Edinburgh
This super-easy recipe for a home-made tomato sauce has only 7 ingredients, and is perfect for pasta dishes, cooking chicken or even putting on pizza!


  • 1 tin chopped tomatos
  • 1 carton tomato passata
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 red chilli
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch basil (torn into pieces)


Step 1
Dice the onions and fry them in a pan with a little olive oil until translucent.
Step 2
Once the onions have softened, add the chopped chilli and sauté them with the onions and the garlic.
Onion chilli garlic for tomato sauce
Step 3
Once the chilli and garlic have released their flavour, add the balsamic vinegar and allow it to reduce.
Step 4
Next, add the tinned tomatoes and the the carton of passata.
Tomato sauce with chilli, onion, garlic and basil
Step 5
Alloow everything to heat up and reduce slightly. Season the sauce well.
Step 6
Finally, take torn basil leaves and stir them into the sauce.

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Hi, I'm Carley; a 24 year old food fanatic living in Edinburgh. I've loved shopping for food and cooking since I was a child, and I absolutely love Edinburgh's food scene! I have now decided on a food challenge - buying and cooking only food which is local to Edinburgh! Find out more about my food challenge!

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