Quick Tomato and Basil Spaghetti - Fiver Feeds

Quick Tomato and Basil Spaghetti

Pasta Al Pomodoro (or pasta with tomatoes for the non bi-linguist) is a simple to throw together pasta dish that’s packed with flavour, well our recipe is, and doesn’t cost much to put together. You can also experiment with it: Upgrade it to Alla Puttanesca by throwing in a handful of destoned black olives or go all out and change it to Arrabbiata with a big pinch of dried chilli flakes.


Quick Tomato and Basil Spaghetti

Prep Time:



Serves 4 People


£0.49 per Person



  • Ingredients

    400g Spaghetti Or Any Dried Pasta
    1 Carrot Finely Chopped
    1 Onion Finely Sliced
    1 Garlic Clove Finely Chopped
    400g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
    1 Bunch of Basil Finely Chopped
    1tbsp Dried Oregano Optional
    1tsp Sugar
    Olive Oil
    Black Pepper

How to Cook

1. First of all get a large pan over a medium heat and add a few tbsp of olive oil.

2. Once hot, add your onion and turn the heat down and cook for 5 minutes or so until it has softened then add in your carrot and garlic and continue to stir and cook for another 3 minutes.

3. Tip in your tinned tomatoes with the sugar and give it all a good mix up then sprinkle in the oregano. Give it a final stir, cover and turn the heat right down and allow to simmer.

4. Meanwhile, put a large pan of salted water over a high heat and bring it to the boil. Once boiling cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.

5. While the spaghetti is cooking, keep an eye on the sauce, if it’s looking a little dry just add a splash of water to loosen it all up again. Give it a taste, add salt and pepper accordingly and throw in your basic and now wait for the pasta.

6. Once cooked, drain the pasta and then tip the pasta on to the sauce and keep it over the heat for a minute while you toss it all together to coat the spaghetti in your sauce.

7. Serve immediately with a good grating of parmesan.

[indeed-social-media sm_list='fb,tw,goo,pt' sm_template='ism_template_3' sm_list_align='horizontal' sm_display_counts='true' sm_display_full_name='true' ]

Comment Below

  • Pauline

    Great base for a sauce which you can add to. Throw in some pancetta when you fry off the onion for example or try throwing in a handful of black olives.

Find a Recipe

Enter an ingredient or even try searching Vegetarian, Curry or Quick