Sun dried tomato pasta sauce

For a quick meal place 100 gm per person of your favourite pasta to boiling salted water and when back to the boil cook for around 4 minutes.

Drain and stir in 60 gm of this sauce to each serving and sprinkle a generous serving of freshly grated Parmagiano (or similar) cheese over the top.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed.
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 100 gm sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced.
  • 450 gm can chopped tomatoes.
  • Fresh finely chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tbsp dried basil


  • Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a jug and cover with hot water
  • Put the oil in a heavy bottomed pan, and heat up to medium heat
  • When hot, add the finely chopped onions and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes
  • Drain (keep liquid) and then chop into small pieces and add to the pan
  • Add back the drained liquid from the soaked sun-dried tomatoes
  • Add the contents of the can of tomatoes to the pan
  • Increase heat and bring the mixture so as it’s gently simmering
  • When it’s thickened to the desired consistency remove the heat and blitz the mixture. (If too thick further boiling water)
  • Season with freshly ground black pepper and sea salt to taste