When you haven’t been shopping and the cupboards are almost bare, this pasta sauce recipe comes into its own. It is incredibly quick and requires very few ingredients, yet it is delicious on its own or as a base recipe to which many extras can be added.

Total time: 10mins

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Ingredients (serves 2)

1 Tin/carton chopped tomatoes 400g
1 Onion 120g
1 Small clove garlic
1½ tsp Smoked paprika
Low calorie olive oil spray
Spaghetti 190g (or any pasta)



1. Cook spaghetti as per packet’s instructions.

2. Meanwhile finely chop the onion and gently fry for 3-4 minutes using the low calorie olive oil spray.

3. Peel and finely chop the garlic and add to the onion along with the paprika. Cook for a further minute.

4. Add the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.

5) Combine with the spaghetti and serve.


Bacon or Chorizo work well in this recipe, simply cook for a few minutes before adding the onions, you may want to reduce the amount of paprika if you are using chorizo.
Additionally add vegetables such as peppers or chilli before adding the chopped tomatoes for a more substantial recipe, contributing to your 5-a-day.

Nutritional content: per serving

Calories 388 Kcal
Total fat 2.4g
- Saturated fat 0.25g
- Polyunsaturated fat 1g
- Monounsaturated fat 0.23g
Carbohydrate 82.3g
Protein 14.6g
Fibre 5.0g
Salt 0.3g

Page last reviewed on 27/08/2016

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