Grandmas Pasta Sauce (25 minutes sauce)

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
    Posted at 13:53h, 25 November Reply

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

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 10:26h, 26 November Reply

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

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  • J. Crane
    Posted at 12:49h, 03 January Reply

    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. 🙂

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 17:11h, 03 January Reply

      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

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  • Brijesh Lodha
    Posted at 11:16h, 07 August Reply

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

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 14:17h, 07 August Reply

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

      Where do you live?

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  • Rebecca D
    Posted at 21:31h, 24 February Reply

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

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 21:34h, 24 February Reply

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

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    Posted at 12:54h, 08 March Reply

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

  • Brittany
    Posted at 15:21h, 15 March Reply

    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.

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