red sauce pasta recipe

Red sauce pasta

By Swasthi on August 27, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Red sauce pasta recipe – Healthy & delicious kids’ friendly pasta that can be made for after school meal or dinner. Red sauce pasta is a dish made with pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic & herbs. This is one of the best pasta recipes you can make at home & I am sure your family will love it.

red sauce pasta recipe

Red sauce pasta can be served for a meal with
tomato soup
Cheese toast

This is an easy idea to include tomatoes and red bell pepper in kids’ diet. Red sauce pasta recipe is generally made using only tomatoes. Mostly canned tomatoes or tomato paste/ puree is used to get the bright color.

Making this red sauce pasta recipe entirely using only tomatoes will make it very tangy. So you can use either onions or bell peppers to balance the tang from tomatoes.

If you are looking for ideas to include bell pepper in your diet, then surely this is a must try. On occasions I also make this with chicken and shrimps. It tastes great that way too. I have mentioned the details in the notes below.

The unique taste and flavor comes from roasting the tomatoes & bell pepper before blending. They can be oven roasted or sauteed in the pan just like the way I have done in this post.

Do not skip this step as it makes red sauce pasta more flavorful and delicious.

More Pasta recipes,
Masala pasta
White sauce pasta
Pasta payasam
Pasta soup
Chicken pasta


The red sauce I have made for this pasta recipe uses red bell pepper along with tomatoes. But can be substituted with onions.

1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Saute bell peppers or onions on a high flame just for 2 mins. You can also skip bell peppers and use onion. The taste would be different but good. Set them aside to cool.

frying bell peppers for pasta recipe

2. To the same pan, add ripe tomatoes and saute for 2 to 3 mins.

frying tomatoes

3. Tomatoes must turn soft. Add red chili flakes as needed. Set this aside to cool.

adding chilli flakes

4. When cooled, add them to a blender jar.

adding tomatoes to blender for red sauce pasta

5. Blend to a smooth or coarse paste. We prefer smooth. Set this aside.

pureed tomatoes

6. While you make the sauce, you can bring 2 liters water to a boil in a large pot. Add salt as needed.

boiling water with salt

7. When the water comes to a boil, add pasta. Cook al dente following the instructions on the pack.

adding pasta to boiling water

8. Drain off in a colander and rinse to remove extra starch.

draining cooked pasta

How to make red sauce pasta

9. Put back the same pan on the stove with another 1 tbsp oil. When hot saute garlic and red chili flakes until they turn fragrant.

frying garlic chilli flakes to make red sauce pasta

10. Add chopped onions.

adding onions to make red sauce pasta

11. Saute until the raw smell goes away.

frying onions for red sauce pasta

12. Add the puree and salt. Mix and cook on a medium heat until the sauce thickens.

adding tomato puree to make red sauce pasta

13. This is the consistency i prefer, you can even take off a little earlier. Add oregano. Mix well. Off the stove.

cooked red sauce for pasta

14. Add the cooked pasta. I prefer another tbsp olive oil now. This is optional.

15. Saute until well combined.

prepared red sauce pasta in pan

Add crushed pepper. Serve pasta in red sauce hot.

red sauce pasta recipe

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red sauce pasta

Red sauce pasta

Delicious red sauce pasta made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs & spices.
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For best results follow the step-by-step photos above the recipe card

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings2 to 3

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 1 ½ cups pasta (any)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil (or any)
  • salt as needed
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp onions finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups tomatoes ripe red chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup red bell peppers or red capsicum or ½ to ¾ cup onions
  • ½ to 1 tsp red chili flakes (adjust as needed)
  • ½ to 1 tsp oregano or mixed herbs
  • pepper freshly crushed for garnish



  • Roast onions or bell peppers in 1 tbsp oil for 3 mins on a high flame. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • Roast tomatoes until mushy for about 3 mins. Cool this as well.
  • Blend them together to a puree. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Cook pasta with salt until al dente (just cooked).
  • Drain off and rinse them. Drain in a colander. Set aside.

How to make red sauce pasta

  • Heat the same pan with more oil and fry garlic and chili flakes until aromatic.
  • Add onions and saute until golden.
  • Pour the puree and add salt. 
  • Mix well and cook until it reaches a desired consistency. Make sure the sauce is not watery. Taste the sauce and adjust salt as needed. Add oregano.
  • Off the stove and add the pasta. Toss well until mixed.
  • Garnish with herbs. Serve hot pasta in red sauce.


  1. If using prawns: You can add about 125 to 150 grams of fresh cleaned tiger prawns after sauteing garlic, onions. Saute until they get cooked. They swirl completely when done. Set them aside without removing onions or garlic. Add them back to the pan along with cooked pasta.
  2. If using chicken: Cook 150 grams of boneless chicken separately until tender, shred and then add it after sauteing garlic, onions.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Red sauce pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 388 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 250mg11%
Potassium 816mg23%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 3445IU69%
Vitamin C 137mg166%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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I love your recipes

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It’s awesome ! I was scared it was gonna be too spicy for baby boy so I didn’t add red pepper flakes in the end as suggested! Overall I would add less pepper flakes but super simply and quick to make I love !

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Thank you so much…. Brilliant and taste is superb

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I came out reaaaaallly well! I loved it! It has everything. Spicy tangy.. Perfect balance!

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Tastes so good! I made this with meatballs and gave a portion to my Italian friend too. She loved it 😀
Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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This was a very nice recipe and I shared this with my friends and they all loved it too.. 🙂 totally making this again lol

Hi I love your recipes but this one is not tasting so great seems red capsicum quantity is a lot. Or is it my mistake.
Had once used a small quantity of green capsicums it tasted great
What is your suggestion ?

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Thankyou so much for the recipe. I tried it with chicken (as per the instructions given) 😊and it was amazing..👌

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I have made this recipe several times and it always turns out best. My kids truly love it. Thanks for such wonderful recipe.

oh u made me wanna try this recipe …thanks 🙂

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I have followed the recipe exactly except using green chillies instead of red chilli flakes.The taste was amazing.Everyone njoyed the pasta.

Is this sauce be good to store in the refrigerator? If so, how long?

Love your recipes! Can I add Spinach/Palak in this Red Sauce Pasta? If yes, when should I add it?

Tried it for dinner last night, it was yumm. The tip that you shared about roasting onions/pepper and tomatoes really lifted the flavors.

I love it ?

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I love this recipe a lot! Made it like 20 times already 🙂

Very nice recipe I love the way you organise everything. It makes cooking easy. Please do more vegetarian international recipes. Thank you.

Hi Swasthi!
Please advise me, what can I use instead of oregano?
And can I use mustard oil or sunflower oil?

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Can I just skip the dried herbs?

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Thank you very much.

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Nice recipe.
Going to try
Tried and it’s ?

It’s lovely recipe. I also tried the recipe by adding little ketchup and pepper to it. It is mind blowing

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I tried your recipe and i just fell in love with pasta! Really appreciable work mam!

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No-fail recipes time and again! A huge thanks to your recipes!!

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Hi Swasthi,

Please advise, Can red bell pepper be replaced by green capsicum to make pasta sauce

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Thank you so much Swasthi

Can I boiled some white chickpea grind it and mix with sauce. Also what other veggies can be added to make it healthier.