Lola’s Kitchen: Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

Posted December 18, 2015 by Lola in Lola's Kitchen / 14 Comments

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For a long time I absolutely hated pasta of any kind, when I was younger tuesday was pasta day and after lots of weeks eating pasta every tuesday I didn’t like it anymore. Nowadays I love pasta again luckily. My boyfriend his parents could make a delicious tomato pasta sauce, my boyfriend learned from them how to make it and then I learned the recipe from him.
The sauce is based on my boyfriends tomato pasta sauce, which he learned to make from his parents.
Tomato Sauce Pasta


Tomato Sauce Pasta Ingredients

  • Red Bell pepper – 4
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Onion – 1
  • Meat or vegetable meat substitution (optional)
  • Other veggies like mushroom, corn, peas etc (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic – 5 cloves
  • Parsley and Basil (optional)
  • Tomato Paste – 2 tablespoons
  • Low salt vegetable bouillon cube – 2
  • Sambal – 1 teaspoon
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Bay Leaves – 4
  • Cornstarch
  • Oregano (optional)

This recipe feeds about four people. I often make this recipe and then the first day we eat pasta and the next french bread pizza with the leftover sauce.

You can substitute the tomatoes for a can of tomatoes with tomato juice as well, just use a bit less tomato paste in that case.


  1. Cut the onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic in pieces. Put the garlic and onion in a wok or pan and bake it until the onion is translucent.
  2. Now add the red bell pepper and tomatoes and bake for a few minutes. Then tomato paste, half a liter/ 2 cups water, the bouillon cubes, sambal and bay leaves. Let this cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add any other vegetables or meat you want to add to the sauce now. Add some parsley and basil (Optional).
  4. Mix some cornstarch into water and when dissolved add to the sauce to make the sauce a bit thicker. Let the sauce cook for a bit longer.
  5. Serve the sauce with some pasta and enjoy your dinner!


Onion and garlic

red bell pepper with tomato

onion with red bell pepper

Add puree, bouillon cube and sambal


Sauce final

Variation Tips

  • Vary with veggies, meat and spices. Instead of only red bell pepper, tomatoes and onion you can add other veggies as well, like peas, beans, mushrooms, lentils or corn.
  • French Bread Pizza. You can also use this sauce to make french bread pizza or if you have leftovers you can make french bread pizza the next day.

Do you like tomato pasta sauce? Which veggies do you prefer in your pasta sauce?

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14 responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

  1. Wow, this looks DELICIOUS! If I had the energy to cook from scratch, I would so try this. Can you just fly over to America and make it for me? Lol. I’ve never really had a chunky tomato pasta sauce, but I’m pretty sure I’d love it since I love tomato. (And red bell pepper and onion.) I’m going to pin this in case I get the chance to make it in the future 🙂
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  2. oh this look so dang good!! I have been looking for a good pasta sauce recipe. Since I am trying to cook from scratch as much as I can since its healthier and tastes so much better. I have a homemade alfredo sauce I love but haven’t found a tomatoe based one that I like yet. I am SO trying this next week….like really….this could feed me for a week hehe

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