Pasta with Tomato Sauce Recipe | PBS Food

Pasta with Tomato Sauce


Yield: Serves 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium carrot finely chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini cut into small dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb. dried pasta (any shape is fine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. To make the sauce: Heat a 12- skillet over medium heat; once hot, add the oil. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, zucchini, and dried basil and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until the sauce thickens slightly and the flavors meld, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and divide equally among 6 bowls. Top each bowl with the tomato sauce, and sprinkle with the fresh basil. Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese if desired.