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Red Sauce Pasta

Red Sauce Pasta Recipe | How to make red sauce pasta

Updated By Geeta
Red sauce pasta is made by tossing al dente(slightly undercooked) pasta in the red sauce, flavored with herbs and garlic. The pasta looks more tempting and tastes better when the cheese is added to it. The addition of veggies to red sauce pasta is optional. The red sauce can be made with fresh tomatoes or with canned tomatoes as well. 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine Indian, Italian, World
Servings 3 people


  • Heavy bottom pan
  • Non-stick pan


For Boiling Pasta

  • 2 cups pasta (penne)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 3/4 tsp mixed herb (Sprinkle on boiled pasta)

For Making Homemade red pasta sauce

  • 7 red tomatoes
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs/italian pasta seasoning
  • 1.5 tsp salt or salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (or 1 tsp red chili flakes)
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp cheese spread
  • 1 tsp grated parmesan cheese

For sauteed veggies

  • 1.5 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1/4 green zuccini, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs/pasta seasoning
  • 8 cherry tomatoes cut into 2 halves


For Boiling Pasta

  • Boil 6 cups of water in a heavy bottom pan. Add 1/2 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp salt to it. Bring it to a boil.
  • Take 2 cups of Pasta. I have taken Penne pasta, you can take any other pasta also.
  • Further, add pasta to the boiling water.
  • Follow the instructions on the pasta pack to cook them. I cooked the pasta for 8-9 minutes till al dente
  • Drain and rinse well, Sprinkle 3/4 tsp mixed herbs and drizzle 1/2 tsp olive oil on it and mix lightly. Keep it aside till we prepare the red sauce.

For making Homemade red pasta sauce

  • Take 7 red tomatoes. Make an "x" cut at the bottom of the tomatoes
  • Boil 5 cups of water in another heavy bottom pan, add tomatoes to it. Boil till their skin starts separating. I boiled them for 5 minutes. Switch off the gas
  • Remove the skin of the tomatoes. Chop the tomatoes roughly.
  • Blend these tomatoes to make a puree out of them.
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan. Saute finely chopped garlic for a few seconds.
  • Add prepared tomato puree to it.
  • Additionally, add 2 tsp mixed herbs.1.5 tsp salt and 1 tsp red chili flakes or 1.5 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder. I prefer adding Kashmiri red chili powder. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now mix 3 tbsp tomato ketchup to it.
  • Stir and cook for another 30-40 seconds.
  • Add chopped basil leaves, cheese spread amd grated parmesan cheese to it.Stir and turn off the gas

For Sauteed Veggies

  • Now heat 1.5 tsp oil in a non-stick pan. Saute zucchini strips, thinly sliced yellow and green bell pepper for 30-40 seconds on high flame. We will not overcook them as we want the veggies to be crunchy. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp mixed herbs on it and stir.
  • Take them out on a plate. Cut cherry tomatoes into 2 halves, add to the veggies and keep them aside.

For red sauce pasta

  • Add pasta to the red sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add sauteed veggies to it.Give it a stir.
  • Switch off the gas and garnish with grated parmesan or processed cheese.
  • Enjoy your delicious red sauce pasta with any drink of your choice.


Tips and Suggestions for making Red sauce Pasta

  • Olive oil goes very well with red sauce pasta preparation. However, you are free to use any other oil also.
  • Do not skip the addition of mixed herbs/Italian seasoning and finely chopped garlic as these ingredients take the taste to the next level.
  • It is advisable to lightly saute the vegetables and maintain their crunch. Crunchy veggies taste better with the pasta apart from making the dish look beautiful.
  • The addition of tomato ketchup enhances the red color of the sauce and balance the sourness of the tomatoes so it is highly recommended to add this to the homemade red pasta sauce
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