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Easy Tomato Paste Pasta Sauce

This is the easiest pasta sauce, using just three ingredients. My kids love it!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 364 kcal


  • 16 ounces dry pasta gluten-free or whole grain
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh basil leaves cut into chiffonade (very thin strips)


  1. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta cooking liquid. Drain pasta.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and tomato paste over medium heat for one minute. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook 4-5 minutes to caramelize tomato paste and deepen the flavors. Do not burn. Add garlic and cook another minute until lightly browned. Add ¼ cup of pasta cooking liquid to tomato paste sauce and stir well. Add a little more pasta cooking liquid if a thinner sauce is desired.

  3. Toss pasta with tomato sauce. Garnish with basil chiffonade. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tomato Paste Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.