Quickest-Ever Tomato Pasta Sauce

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 3 ratings

Richly flavoured tomato sauce in just 5 minutes? It’s true! This sauce freezes beautifully so make extra for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking.

recipe updated Jun 19, 2020


  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Water icon
    as needed
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Farfalle icon
    400g (about 4¾ cups)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Tomato purée icon
    Tomato purée
    500ml (500ml)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    25g (about 1¾ tbsp)
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    as needed


  • kCook icon Large saucepan
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add water and salt to a clean large saucepan
  2. Boil
  3. Add farfalle to the pasta
  4. Cook until al dente
  5. Drain then set aside
  6. Add olive oil to a clean large saucepan
  7. Heat - low heat
  8. Add garlic clove to the large saucepan
  9. Cook gently - 30 sec, low heat
  10. Add tomato purée to the large saucepan and bring to a boil
  11. Season with salt & pepper
  12. Simmer - 5 min, low heat
  13. Remove and turn off heat
  14. Transfer pasta to large saucepan
  15. Add unsalted butter to the large saucepan
  16. Toss with slotted spoon until melted
  17. Serve with parmesan cheese
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