Penne Pasta With Tomato And Basil Sauce

16 Apr
April 16, 2014 4.7 stars based on 14 reviews

Today I wanted to share with you a quick and easy recipe for penne pasta with tomato and basil sauce. As much as I love extravagant dishes, there are times when I crave simple flavours and comfort food.

This pasta dish is very tasty and is ready in under 20 minutes. You can even prepare the sauce the day before, or over the weekend, and store it in the fridge for a quick meal at the end of a busy day. Children love this sauce too. My niece compliments the “special sauce,” as she likes to call it, at least five to six times while happily slurping on her pasta. You can use any pasta you like but for me, it has to be penne as I love how the tubes scoop up the sauce in the middle and burst in your mouth as you crunch into the al dente pasta.

Serves 2


  • 4 medium plum tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100g sweetcorn
  • 160g to 200g penne pasta
  • handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • dash of worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using a sharp knife, make crosses on the tomatoes and place in a large bowl that has been filled with boiling hot water. Ensure the tomatoes are fully immersed in the water. After five minutes remove and rinse under cold water. Then peel the skin. Cut up the tomatoes into chunks and whizz into a food processor until it has pureed. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, boil the penne pasta in hot salted water for the time stated on the packet. You can prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking.
  3. Place a large frying pan on medium heat and add the olive oil. When the olive oil has heated, add the onions and sautee for a couple of minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to fry for another minute, until it has cooked.
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes into the frying pan and lower the heat. Let the mixture simmer for 5-10 minutes. At this stage, you may need to add some boiling hot water if you feel the sauce is too thick. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  5. Add a dash of worcestershire sauce, the sweetcorn and fresh basil to the sauce and fry for a couple of minutes. Then add the pasta and mix until it has combined with the sauce.
  6. Serve with freshly grated cheese – I usually give cheddar cheese when serving to children, and Parmesan, Pecorino Romano or Gran Padano cheese when serving adults. I also like to add some crushed chilli flakes for a spicy kick.

I am linking this recipe to the following events:

  1. I am currently hosting this month’s In My Veg Box event on behalf of Nayna Kanabar of Citrus Spice. April’s theme is Onion. If you have a vegetarian dish that contains this ingredient, please do get involved.
  2. Four Seasons Food Challenge, which is currently “Celebrating Vegetables”. The event is jointly hosted by Eat Your Veg and Delicieux.
  3. Extra Veg, an event jointly hosted by Utterly Scrummy and Fuss Free Flavours.
  4. Tinned Tomatoes Pasta Please challenge, which is currently hosted by Slice Off Me.
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14 replies
  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says:

    I really love simple dishes like that, especially after working all day, and tomato and basil is such a delicious flavour combination.

  2. Fuss Free Helen says:

    The simple ones are so often the best – I bet the addition of the Worcestershire gives it a good kick!

  3. cheri says:

    Hi Tina, love the simplicity of this dish, the sauce looks so fresh. Penne is my favorite of all the pastas too. Happy Wednesday!

  4. sophie says:

    looks yummy! I love pasta.


  5. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry says:

    Tina, I love quick easy pasta recipes like these for weeknight suppers. I love the use of sweetcorn.

  6. Choclette says:

    Oh yes, pasta at it’s best – delicious :) Although I probably just couldn’t help adding a little chilli.

  7. Karen Burns Booth says:

    This is MY kind of food Tina, and the simpler the better for me too! LOVELY photo and a great “lazy mid-week” supper dish idea.

  8. says:

    I love this kind of dish…I remember being fed ‘proper’ pasta with tomato sauce for the first time in france when I was about 12 (we did have spag bol at home, but our pasta with tomato sauce came from a can at home). And, like yours, it was an amazing dish with fab flavours

  9. manjirichitnis says:

    Lovely and simple recipe Tina, love how you describe the penne exploding with scooped up sauce in your mouth :) Thanks for linking to the pasta please challenge!xx

  10. Sylvia says:

    This is for sure the best pasta topping – basil and tomatoes :) I’ve been eating pasta for the past week, with everything I found in my fridge ;)

  11. Nayna Kanabar says:

    This pasta dish looks really lovely and tasty however I wouldn’t mind some chilli flakes on it.

  12. annelifaiers says:

    This is a great little recipe! I love the sweetcorn in there and the dash of worcestershire! I think my kids would love this and me too. Thanks for sharing with Four Seasons Food :)


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