Quick & Easy homemade pasta sauce – no added salt or sugar

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Homemade pasta sauce - quick and easy - perfect for toddlers and kids
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So I wrote at the weekend about why I make homemade pasta sauce and why I’ve been doing this much more since H has been weaning (read about my reasons here). It’s such a simple quick and easy thing to do, and perfect for feeding us and toddler H with the same meal, so I thought I’d share my quick and easy home-made pasta sauce recipe here…

I say recipe, but really it’s just bung some basics in a saucepan… sometimes I just bung it in a frying pan or into the wok if it’s something that could do with sauce.


  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes for 2 people (feel free to use 2 cans, as I often do if I’m making enough for Toddler H meals too)
  • 1?onion
  • basil
  • oregano
  • garlic
  • pepper if you want… I mostly don’t

It’s very flexible…. so you can use mixed herbs if you don’t have the above herbs.


1. Cook your pasta/brown your mince/cook your chicken…. what ever it is you’re having with the sauce
2. Dice the onion
3. Brown the onion
4. Add the rest pan (chopped tomatoes, herbs)
5. Let it simmer for a few minutes
6. Serve/mix with your pasta…. do what ever it is you were going to do with your jar of shop bought sauce, BUT, revel in the fact that you know exactly what is in this one.

Easy peasy… 🙂

Sometimes I use this as it is above, other times as the basis for my chilli, spag bol or even enchilladas. Also you can also add mushrooms, peppers, olives, sausage, lots of garlic to make more interesting pasta sauces.

Hope you found this useful!



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    laura dove
    April 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    This is such a fab, simple looking recipe! My kids are going through a really fussy stage and I’m struggling to feed them anything nutritious at the moment which leaves me panicking about scurvy and such like! I’m going to try this tomorrow with pasta, who doesn’t like a good old tomato sauce? Will let you know how it goes!! #TheBabyFormula
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    Single Mum Speaks
    April 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    My go-to pasta sauce recipe is very similar! I also like adding cream to it and making a lovely orange sauce. Always goes down well. Sometimes Piglet might even eat it (though only sometimes…) #theBabyFormula
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    April 19, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Love this recipe idea ? Will def try it out. I am always looking for ideas that will feed not only my 2 little ones but us grown ups too, I despise having to make 2 separate meals! Thanks for sharing xx

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    A Mum Track Mind
    April 19, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Sounds like the perfect sauce – I love how versatile a good tomato sauce is and how it forms the base to so many great dishes – thanks for sharing this one #TheBabyFormula
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    April 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    ooo yummy and such a good base for hiding lots of vegetables to trick a badly behaving husband, it’s not the toddler I have to worry about in this house!! #TheBabyFormula
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    Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    April 20, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I’m gonna try this. I like making spag bol and although I can make it from scratch I often cheat and use a sauce – given the news this week I think I’ll be sticking to home made and this looks like the perfect sauce! Thanks for sharing hun x #thebabyformula

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    April 20, 2016 at 8:50 am

    we are big pasta eaters in this house. We love pasta and homemade pasta sauce is the best. I will definitely try this recipe. thanks for sharing 🙂
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    Right Royal Mother
    April 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Argh, I JUST made supper and should have followed this recipe. I am so, so rubbish at cooking. Will do next time – thanks for sharing 🙂 #thebabyformula
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    Allyson Greene
    April 21, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Sounds so quick and easy and super tasty! Going to use this when I am making the kids dinner. TheBabyFormula
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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    April 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    This one is a bit like what hubby makes. I could eat it until it comes out of my ears. Yummy!! My gremlin will have some if passata…fussy. Love the new look and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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