• Serves 4
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 9 Ingredients


This is a dish that is super popular with my two eight year olds even Miss Fussy. The kids literally scoff it down and it has become a weekend staple. This is the sort of dish you can really throw anything in. When it is just for me I tend to add fresh chilli and chilli flakes. I sometimes replace the basil with mint. It is also a great dish to take to a BBQ – everyone loves a pasta dish.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 kilogram Vine ripened tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic cloves - peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Capers
  • 1 small Spanish Onion - finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Olives - sliced
  • Large Handful Basil Leaves - shredded
  • As needed Olive Oil
  • To taste Salt and Pepper
  • 500 gram Your favourite Pasta


  1. Put the tomatoes in a saucepan of boiling water and leave for 1 minute. Remove and peel skin. Quarter and deseed butting all the seeds and juicy bits into a strainer over a bowl. Roughly chop the tomato and put into another bowl.
  2. Add garlic, capers, onion, olives and 1/2 the basil. Generously add olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Press the juice from the seed through the strainer and add to tomatoes. Discard seeds and whatever is left in the strainer. Leave tomato mixture to sit for an hour or so - room temperature.
  4. Cook the pasta. Drain well and then toss the sauce through this whilst pasta is hot. Season with salt and pepper, dress with remaining basil. Serve immediately.


Super easy, super quick and super delicious!

  • Yum. Pasta always goes down a treat.


  • I won’t include olives but the rest is ace. Thanks.


  • This looks nice but I would leave the capers out.


  • Yum I love this as a new pasta recipe. Sounds fresh and looks delicious.


  • I’m not a fan of pasta but love my raw onions, garlic and tomato with basil :)


  • Nice and ever so tasty!


  • Sounds fantastic especially for me who grows her own tomatoes.


  • i love the idea of a no cook sauce!


  • Simple, delicious and great to share; thanks!.


  • This sounds delicious! I love how healthy it is. The kids will love it.


  • Love a quick, easy and tasty pasta dish. Thanks again Lara for another yummy looking recipe.

    • My pleasure. This is so easy and so delicious. I also love anything that my 8 year old Miss Fussy requests. Such a treat when I am not fighting a battle of wills with her and she eats a meal without complaint. So this one is kid proof and adult proof!

      • Lara you make me laugh – completely understand the Miss Fussy comment! Pasta does satisfy fuss pots here too! :)


  • A classic pasta dish,l would also add chilli and lots of shaved parmesan!


  • (lol i need to remember to put the timer on my oven!). lol. my kids can be fussy eaters but i find that a good pasta meal, never goes wasted! this recipe looks like a really good one to try out!. i reckon that my kids will love this, just as much as yours do.

    • This is a good one. Rissie, my 8 year old girl is the fussiest eater in the world and she often asks for this one. Anything she actually asks for is a keeper!


  • So fresh and delicious! You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make a fantastic pasta meal. My tip is to always spend a little extra on the pasta… it’s worth it!

    • yeah and make sure you don’t overcook the pasta. lol i have done that heaps of times as i am trying to do heaps in the kitchen at one time lol.


  • Making your own sauce is so easy and rewarding! :-)

    • This one is super delicious but very easy. Also the kids love it!


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