This tomato basil pasta sauce is bright, fresh, and light. Made with fresh basil and parsley, it comes together in only 20 minutes and is the perfect meal to make for a healthy yet filling weeknight dinner.

Awhile back when I was working the night shift, I remember waking up in a daze and my husband had made pasta for dinner. He put together a bowl for me, I sat down, and I swear to you it was the best pasta sauce I had ever eaten in my life. With a few tweaks, I think we’ve perfected it.

This tomato basil pasta sauce is fresh, light, and herby. The parsley and basil contribute a beautiful aromatic flavor that perfectly complements the flavor of the tomatoes without overpowering them. In this sauce, the tomato flavor really shines.

We love to use this tomato sauce on pasta, but you can really adapt it and use it for a variety of Italian dishes such as stuffed shells, cannelloni, or chicken parmesan.

This Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce Is

  • Healthy, fresh, and light. When paired with an ancient grain pasta, it makes a nourishing, filling, and nutrient-dense meal.
  • Quick and easy to make, ready in only 20 minutes!
  • A budget meal, featuring only a few pantry ingredients, strained tomatoes, and fresh herbs.
  • The perfect tomato sauce for any pasta lover out there!

Ingredients to Make Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

  • Strained tomatoes (passata): The base of the sauce is passata, which is a smooth tomato puree that has a distinctly bright, fresh, and unrefined tomato flavor.
  • Fresh basil and parsley: Work together to contribute a fresh, aromatic, herby flavor to the pasta sauce which perfectly complements the tomatoes.
  • Yellow onion and garlic: Adds depth and umami flavor.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Tips On Making Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

  1. Make sure to use passata! Passata is uncooked and pureed strained tomatoes. That means no seeds or skin, making a very smooth and velvety sauce consisting of pure tomato. It is so fresh, light, and bright tasting, and I feel it really impacts the flavor of this sauce. Because passata is made with pure tomatoes, it is also quick and easy to build up the flavor to however you prefer.
  2. Use high quality ingredients. Because this recipe has so few ingredients, using good quality ingredients will make the flavor absolutely shine.

Health Notes

  • Look for a pasta that is made of ancient grains. Typical pasta is made with white flour which has been processed. Ancient grains, on the other hand, are not and are more nutrient-dense with higher levels of protein, omega-3s, vitamins, and fiber. They take longer to digest and should not spike your blood sugar as much as pasta made with white flour.
  • Tomatoes, basil, and parsley are a great source of vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, vitamins C, B, and E, as well as potassium. Parsley is rich in vitamin K as well as vitamins A and C. Basil contributes vitamin K, as well as eugenol, linalool, and citronellol which are anti-inflammatory.

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Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

This tomato basil pasta sauce is bright, fresh, and light. Made with fresh basil and parsley, it comes together in only 20 minutes and is the perfect meal to make for a healthy yet filling weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves (about 10 grams)
  • cup fresh basil leaves (about 9 leaves, or 4 grams)
  • 750 g (26.46 oz) strained tomatoes (passata)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • In a medium saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until onion is softened and garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the strained tomatoes, parsley, basil, and salt to the saucepan. Simmer covered on medium-low for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to come together.
  • Remove from heat. Then, use an immersion blender or a blender to fully incorporate the onion, garlic, and herbs into the sauce until it is smooth. Once blended, add any additional salt to taste.
  • Ladle over your favorite pasta, top with shaved parmesan, and enjoy!
Keyword Pasta

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