Easy Tomato Paste Pasta Sauce

From Jeanette's Healthy Living.

My kids like this tomato sauce on the thicker side, and enjoy this on spaghetti or penne shaped pasta. Add more pasta cooking liquid if you like a thinner sauce, and serve with your favorite shape pasta. 


  • 16 ounces gluten-free pasta or whole grain pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • fresh basil, cut into chiffonade (fancy for very thin strips)


  1. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Drain pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and tomato paste over medium heat for one minute.
  3. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook 4-5 minutes to caramelize tomato paste and deepen the flavors. Do not burn.
  4. Add garlic and cook another minute until lightly browned. 
  5. Add 1/4 cup of pasta cooking liquid to tomato paste sauce and stir well. Add a little more pasta cooking liquid if a thinner sauce is desired.
  6. Toss pasta with tomato sauce.
  7. Garnish with basil chiffonade.
  8. Serve immediately.