Helping Hands in the Kitchen: Pasta with Homemade Tomato Sauce

cooked rotini pasta, coated in a rich homemade pasta sauce

Today, we’re going to share how to make a simple yet scrumptious pasta dish with homemade tomato sauce. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and sure to impress your taste buds. With just a few fresh ingredients and a little bit of patience, you’ll be able to create a mouth-watering meal that your friends and family will love. So without further ado, let’s get cooking!

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Cutting board, knife, large stockpot, medium sauté pan, masher (or fork), small sauté pan, spoon, colander



  • 4-6 qts water
  • 2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 12 medium roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp basil, dried
  • 1 tbsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 10 oz whole grain rotini pasta
  • 2 tbsp parsley, fresh, minced


  1. In a large pot, bring water and 1 tsp salt to a rolling boil over high heat. While the water comes to a boil, warm 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt and cook until tomatoes are cooked down, about 20 minutes. Occasionally, mash the tomatoes to help them cook down.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onions, peppers, carrots, and a 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sauté 5-7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Continue to mash tomatoes. Once tomatoes are cooked down, add tomato paste, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. Mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water and stir gently. Bring water back to a boil and cook pasta for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove pasta from heat and drain. Return pasta to pot. Add in tomato sauce, sautéed veggies, and stir well.
  6. Serve in bowl and garnish with fresh parsley. Enjoy!


Pasta with Homemade Tomato Sauce
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving & % Daily Value*
Calories: 420.2 kcal
Total Fat: 12.5 g 19%
Saturated Fat 1.5 g 7%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1197.7 mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 69.2 g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11.5 g 46%
Sugars 10.7 g
Protein 11.7 g 23%
Vitamin A 84%
Vitamin C 51%
Calcium 6%
Iron 19%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Tomatoes – major source of antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. This antioxidant is found mostly in the skin of the tomato and the redder the tomato the more lycopene there is. 

Whole Grain Pasta – contains dietary fiber which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Consuming whole grains helps lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Left: A bunch of tomatoes
Right: A glass container full of whole grain penne pasta

Recipe provided by Reanetta Perkins
Maryland University of Integrative Health