Penne with Tomato Sauce

Serves 4 to 6 • Preparation time: 10 minutes • Cooking time: 30 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato purée

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano salt and freshly ground black pepper

400-500g of penne pasta

10g salt

Cost per portion: 
  1. Add 4 litres of water (1 litre for every 100g of pasta) to a large saucepan, add the salt and bring to the boil.  Once it’s reached a rolling boil, add in the pasta and gently stir to stop it sticking to the bottom
  2. Cook the pasta for as long as the manufacturer’s directions suggest, keeping an eye on the pan whilst you begin cooking the sauce
  3. The first step for the sauce is to take a heavy-based pan and heat the olive oil over a medium heat, adding the chopped onion once it’s hot. Cook until it’s soft and sweet-smelling
  4. Add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes or so
  5. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, then stir in the tomato purée and the dried herbs, and season with salt and pepper
  6. Whilst you’re letting the sauce bubble away, return to the pasta.  Once the penne is soft but still has a little bite to it - or al dente as the Italians say - drain well, keeping back a spoonful of pasta water to add to your sauce
  7. To complete the dish, add the pasta to your sauce, make sure it’s all mixed together and then serve.  You might also like to grate a little parmesan on the top
Age range: 
Ages up to 8