Student Cooking: Homemade Tomato Sauce

A bit of a bonus post for you guys tonight but I was debating what to have for tea tonight as my boyfriend wasn’t round so it was just me. I always turn to pasta on these kind of occasions and as I am veggie I just seem to reach for pesto to stir through! I fancied proving to myself that it was just as quick to make a sauce as it was to heat one up so I conjured up a little tomato pasta sauce recipe!  

 I was so pleased with both the speed and the result that I thought I’d share it with you guys! It was ready quicker than boiling my pasta and was pretty tasty actually! 


  • 1 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • A good splash of olive oil
  • A clove of garlic crushed or 1 teaspoon of pre chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp chilli pesto
  • A few chopped basil leaves (unfortunately I got so excited I forgot to put these in!)


  • Heat the oil in a pan and fry off the garlic
  • Add the tomatoes, sugar, stock, purée and pesto and bring to the boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins ( or until your pasta is cooked like in my case! )
  • Add your chopped basil and stir through your pasta.
  • Garnish with your favourite cheese!

This may be quite boring for all you foodies out there but for students or parents or anyone that needs a quick homemade meal this is great! This managed to make around 3 small portions or two big portions so I have popped the rest in the freezer for another day! That will keep in there for a couple of months which is great as I can just defrost it for a quick tea during my exam period! 

Let me know if you give this a try! 

Much Love


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