Pasta, soft cheese and tomato purée, 25p a portion

Nov 25, 2013 | 6 comments


Had this for dinner this evening. Some fancy pants pasta from Approved Foods with soft cheese and tomato purée stirred through. Took 10 minutes to make, and that was only because of the pasta cooking time. It looks quite a dark sauce, that is the tomato purée. It was thick and extremely tasty. You can adjust the strength of the sauce dependent on how strong you like it. So add the purée bit by bit until it is as strong as you want it.

pasta with tomato puree and soft cheese in a shallow duck egg blue coloured bowl.

Had it with coleslaw made with some fine sliced white cabbage, some grated carrot and a dressing made with equal quantities of mayonnaise and plain yogurt, mixed with a little grainy mustard. This is the recipe from the post about soft cheese.

  • 2 tbslp tomato puree, 35p/142g 7p
  • 50g soft cheese, 73p/300g, 12p
  • 80g value pasta, 39p/500g 6p
  • so for a supper for one, 25p

you could add some olives, chopped up, (99p/350g jar from Sainsbury’s), and maybe serve it with some green veg if you have any, or salady bits, but it would be fine on its own

you could stir some garlic paste through and some fine chopped herbs if you have any, with or without the tomato puree

a bit of chilli to liven things up if you like it

or you could make a proper tomato pasta sauce by chopping and frying an onion until transparent, then adding a tin of chopped tomatoes and simmering for 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper and some chopped fresh basil if you have it. Now stir through some of the soft cheese, add 200g of value pasta (cooked) and voila – supper for 2. You can whizz the sauce before adding the pasta if you like your sauce smooth, or just leave it chunky.



  1. Phryne

    Yes, as I say it does sound lovely and I may try it as I have all the stuff in.


  2. Lesley

    It does look a funny colour in the photo! Tastes delish tho

  3. Phryne


    You know how much I love you (and your recipes too) so I’m sorry but I have to say that this looks awful!

    Sorry it’s probably just me and it sounds lovely but no, not this one.

    xxx 🙁

  4. Lesley

    that sounds like a very good idea, and delicious too

  5. jill in NYC

    This is a great quickie dinner. I use thick strained yoghurt ‘cheese’…I use the whey for bread so it is very cost effective given the resulting ammount of cheese to liquid.
    I like that it can be made boursin like with the addition of garlic, herbs and lemon zest or sweetened for desserts.
    Sometimes I add a tablespoon or two of strong grated cheese a grinding of pepper and let it sit over night…great on plain pasta.

  6. Jo

    This is such a quick and easy meal. Very tasty too. We’ve also made it with a (much reduced and yellow stickered) pot of cottage cheese and it was very tasty with that too – although that did have little pink chunks in from the cottage cheese… but it tasted good.

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