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Grandmas Pasta Sauce (25 minutes sauce)


5 mins


20 mins



The perfect recipe, inspired by my Greek roots and family – takes minutes, uses healthy, plant based (or vegan), natural food ingredients.  I mean just look at this picture, it might be a bit messy, but it certainly screams “EAT ME”! right? Lucky for you I have turned this into one of the easiest plant based recipes, ever!

All you need is the gorgeous natural and organic foods, a sauce pan, and a high speed blender!

These flavours all marry perfectly and really come together with each and every bite! I don’t feel like I have to say much more about this dish so before I leave you I will remind you why you have to make it!

This Pasta Sauce is:

  • Healthy
  • Plant-based (vegan)
  • quick + easy
  • fuss free + clean
  • flavourful
  • satisfying
  • sweet and spicy

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! As always if you try the recipe please leave us a comment below, we love your feedback!

Love from Your Greek Food Goddess XOX


Grandmas Pasta Sauce (25 minutes sauce)

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Pasta Sauce
  • Cuisine: Plant-based


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 red tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup canned roma tomatoes
  • 1 cup baby sweet peppers
  • 1 cup of fresh parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • Garnish your dish with red chilli peppers, or chilli oil!


  1. To a large sauce pan add your olive oil and heat it up for 30 seconds.
  2. Add your onions to the sauce pan, and sweat them down for 5 minutes on medium heat. Stir occasionally to avoid burning .
  3. Now add all of your spices, and veg stock cube. Give them a good stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add your tomatoes (canned and fresh), pepper and fresh herbs. Bring this mixture to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
  5. Using a fork smash up your tomatoes and ensure the sauce is nice and soft.
  6. Let your sauce cool for a few minutes, add it to a high speed blender and blend till smooth.
  7. Serve hot with pasta, rice or freeze in an air tight container for up to 2-3 weeks.


Astrid van Nispen

Just made this sauce and it was so delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! 😍

Hey hun!!! I am so happy you loved it, it is seriously one of my favourites!!!!

J. Crane

Loved this recipe and how it’s packed with veggies! For anyone wondering about cube vs. liquid stock, i ended up using liquid stock and it still worked well. Just use a little less than 1 liquid cup of stock. I also added nutritional yeast to my sauce when blending it just to thicken it up, but it also added a great taste as well. Also, I had a bunch of leftover sauce with this recipe, which is fantastic bc I can’t wait to eat it again! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Hey hun!

Thank you so much for all this amazing information, it’s so helpful for others!
I love that you enjoyed this sauce as it is my favourite!!! Much love sweetie XX

Brijesh Lodha

Hi thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks delicious!! But its tough to find vegetable stock cube. Can I substitute it with something else?

Hey! Do you have vegetable stock or vegetable stock paste?

Where do you live?

Rebecca D

Seriously sooo good!! Wish I had made a bigger batch. I added baby spinach to mine, and topped with nooch & chili flakes. Definitely recommend.

Ok, well this combo sounds legit!!!!! Thanks for your support and for making this beauty xx


This is so good. Made it several times. Tried it on it’s own and with Gardein meatballs. Delicious xx

Thank you so much! I really love this recipe!


I’ve made this 4 times now and it is just so yummy! If you can leave any for left overs- it’s even better the next day! Such an easy, healthy; and delicious pasta sauce.

Amazing Brittany! Thanks for letting me know!!!!


Love this sauce! So tasty. Sometimes make it in large batches and freezes just fine. Thank you for sharing this gem Maria x

You’re so welcome girlfriend!! So glad you love this one as much as we do!

Michelle Venter

This sauce! OMG! It’s like your grandma was in my kitchen cooking me the most authentic and beyond delicious pasta sauce ever. So so so good! This is definitely going to be a favourite in my house from now on. Everyone LOVED it! I can’t wait to taste the little bit of leftovers tomorrow morning. Thank you, Maria, for sharing this absolute gem of a recipe. Much love xx


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