Simple and Satisfying Spaghetti

Serves: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Cooks In: 20 minutes

Simple and Satisfying Spaghetti

As its name suggests, this is simple food that satisfies the soul – I’ve imagined on numerous occasions that this spaghetti is probably what I’d choose if I were to have my last supper.

The sauce for this spaghetti is heavenly – rich and thick and garlicky – just how it should be! Have a bowl of this with a big glass of wine on a relaxed night in and you couldn’t be any happier. The sauce freezes really well – have a few zip-lock bags of it in the freezer and you’ve got an easy dinner sorted next time you don’t have the energy to cook from scratch!


Print Recipe

  • olive oil ¼ cup
  • onions 2, chopped
  • garlic 3 cloves, chopped
  • crushed tomatoes 2 x 400g cans
  • tomato paste 1 x 140g pottle
  • sugar 1 ½ teaspoons
  • vinegar 2 teaspoons
  • water ½ cup
  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • dried spaghetti 340g
  • basil leaves large handful

To serve

  • basil leaves to garnish
  • parmesan cheese grated (omit if vegan)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large fry pan and sauté onion and garlic on medium heat until onion is soft and translucent (and not at all raw), about 10 minutes.
  1. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar and water and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  1. Stir through extra virgin olive oil, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  1. Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water until just cooked (al dente). Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
  1. Toss spaghetti with tomato sauce, reserved pasta water and basil leaves.


  • To serve, divide between bowls and top with more basil and parmesan cheese.
  • Tip: This tomato sauce keeps in the fridge for up to a week and freezes well which makes for a quick meal.


Nutritional Information Per Serving
72.8 g
15.7 g
Total Fat
23.8 g
16.7 g