Secret Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

This is our secret recipe for the most delicious and heartwarming tomato and basil pasta sauce.

Secret Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

There's something very beautiful about traditional Italian pasta sauce. Generally Italians really know their way around tomato sauces. Pizza, pasta and even meat dishes are so different in Italy compared to anywhere else in the world. The reason behind that is not just the years of experience and tiny alterations in recipes that have placed the Italians as the masters of tomato sauce. It's also the incredibly flavourful tomatoes you can find in Italy.

Did you know though, that in Greece the tomatoes are equally as good? I won't say better as it isn't a competition but they're better. *whispering* Don't tell my Italian friends I said that please...

Anyway, you're probably wandering now, what makes this recipe secret. I'll tell you but you have to promise you won't tell anyone!

This recipe follows along the roots of Traditional Italian Pasta sauce yet it includes something that might seem strange at first but trust me on this, it makes a huge difference, and at the end of the day it's what makes this a secret!

My Greek mum - who is of Italian descent - taught me how to make this and now it's time I share this delicious secret with the world.

Some already known secrets to a great pasta sauce

The Tomatoes

  • They need to be fresh

  • Look for Roma or San Marzano

  • Pick the ones that are about to go off (only if you're going to cook them soon after)

  • Remove the hard (white) bit at the stem

The Basil

  • Freshly cut

  • Best if you can pick it from a plant

  • Loads of it

The Pasta

  • Linguini works best

  • Aim for good quality Italian pasta

  • If you can make it fresh, DO IT.

The Time

  • You need to invest the time in this if you want it to turn out as good as possible!

Anasa's Secret Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

Heartwarming and super yummy, traditional yet with a twist!

Prep Time - 10 minutes Cooking time - 50 minutes Total Time - 60 minutes

Servings 5-6

Course Lunch, Dinner Cuisine Vegan, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean Does it last? Can last up to 1 week in airtight container in the fridge


  • 1 1/2 kg fresh tomatoes (Roma or San Marzano) - cut roughy in medium cubes

  • 1 large white onion or 2 medium - diced

  • 2-3 garlic cloves - minced

  • 20 - 30 fresh basil leaves depending on size - keep some for decoration at the end

  • 70gr. tomato paste - store bought

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • Sea salt to taste - at least