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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Lunch, Main
Servings 4
Calories 538 kcal
Kid Friendly


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

To serve

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


  • 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.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, vinegar and water and simmer for 15-20 minutes until sauce has reduced and thickened.
  • Stir through extra virgin olive oil, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water until just cooked (al dente). Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
  • 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.
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!