Pasta With Home-Made Spicy Tomato Sauce

A quick and easy meal which can be made with a few basic ingredients, or use as a base for experimenting with additional ingredients some of which are suggested in the ‘Level Up’ sections.


1 Can of Chopped Tomatoes
Tomato Paste
Bouillon Vegetable Stock Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Mixed [Italian] herbs
Mushrooms (either whole button mushrooms or sliced / quartered larger ones)
Quorn Cocktail Sausages
Your favourite pasta, I’m using wholewheat Tagliatelle
[Level Up Ingredients]
1 Onion and some garlic cloves

The cooking doesn’t take long so you can either prepare everything up front, or if you are cooking on a one ring burner then prepare each step as the former is cooking.

The Tomato Sauce

[Level Up Option] Chop / dice the onion and garlic and fry until soft and caramelised.
Add mushrooms to the pan and allow to soften
Add can of tomatoes and bring to the boil
Wash out the tomato can with half a can of water and add to the pan
Squeeze in a few inches of tomato paste
Add a couple of teaspoons of mixed herbs
Add a couple of teaspoons of Bouillon powder
Turn the teaspoon around and use the handle to add a small amount of Cayenne Pepper, start off with a small amount as you can always add more but can never take it back out again!

Simmer this lot down for a short while, everything should go slightly mushy with a nice thick sauce, give it a taste and add more Cayenne Pepper if it’s tasting a bit tame to you. Then put to one side.

The Pasta

Boil up a large pan of water
Add 75g of pasta per person
Boil until cooked

The Finish

Put the tomato sauce back onto the heat
Slice up the cocktail sausages into chunks and add to the tomato sauce, stir up until nicely heated through again
Drain the pasta and then either add the sauce to the pasta and heat through or serve up the pasta and add the sauce on top.