Cheats Thermomix Pasta Sauce Napoletana Style

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Commercially prepared pasta sauce may never be on your shopping list again once you’ve made my Thermomix pasta sauce! This is a rich passata or Napoletana style pasta sauce.

Thermomix Pasta Sauce

Thermomix Pasta Sauce

Have you ever avoided making something because it seems like too much effort for a product that can be bought commercially? I have always bought ready-made pasta sauce and never imagined bothering to make my own.  I was so WRONG! My mind has been completely blown! As a result of this Thermomix pasta sauce recipe commercially prepared pasta sauce may never be on my shopping list again! It is SO good!

I always imagined there would be no real difference in flavour but I was absolutely wrong. This homemade Thermomix pasta sauce is so rich and luscious it tastes like a finished dish. I was literally eating the sauce by the spoonful straight from the Thermomix. Nothing else was needed to complete the Napoletana sauce. Even the colour of the sauce suggests just how different a homemade pasta sauce is to store-bought. I can’t even imagine eating a spoonful of a commercial sauce without other ingredients added.

The reason I was making pasta sauce was an unexpected tomato surplus. I had one kilo of tomatoes in the fridge getting soft and squishy and a friend brought me another kilo as a gift. I also had 2 punnets of cherry tomatoes. Now, I like tomatoes but I know I would never finish them all.

Napoletana Sauce in a glass jar white background

Thermomix Pasta Sauce

Julie Carlyle
This is a deeply flavoured, rich tomato sauce which is made easily in the Thermomix.
4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 8 serves
Calories 99 kcal


  • 20 g garlic
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 200 g onion cut in quarters
  • 50 g oil
  • 1000 g tomato cut in half with end removed
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp all spice or Chinese 5 Spice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano


  • Place the peppercorns and garlic in the TM bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add onion to the garlic mixture. Chop 3 sec/Speed 7.
  • Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add oil to the TM Bowl. Sautee 5 min/Varoma/Speed 1.5.
  • Place the halved tomatoes in the TM bowl. Puree 20 sec/Speed 7.
  • Add sugar, salt, allspice and oregano to the tomato puree. Simmer 40 min/120 degree/Speed 1.5 (MC OUT). Add the strainer to the top of the lid to prevent splatters.
  • If you want to preserve the sauce add it to sterilized jars and place the topped jars in a large saucepan of boiling water. Allow the jars to boil for 2-3 minutes and then leave them to cool in the water. Once cooled the sauce will be vacuum sealed.


Tomato Passata sauce will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 100mlCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSodium: 298mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1040IUVitamin C: 19.7mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.6mg
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Napoletana Sauce

Napoletana Sauce

I also wanted to make a ratatouille for my daughter who has become a vegetarian. Given that I had a surplus of tomatoes it seemed a good time to make this classic French vegetarian dish from homemade pasta sauce. Oh, and the Ratatouille turned out fabulously too, so I will share that recipe shortly.

One of the reasons I’ve avoided making a Thermomix pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes is most recipes tell you to blanch the tomatoes in hot water and peel the skins. So tedious! I promise this is a completely unnecessary step. My sauce pasta sauce recipe is a cheats version. I’ve taken all the shortcuts to keep things simple and let the Thermomix do the work.

How to Use Your Thermomix Pasta Sauce

Over Pasta

Fresh Made Pasta

Fresh Made Pasta

Napoletana sauce is delicious served with homemade pasta, a little freshly shaved parmesan and some torn basil leaves. All the big flavours of the homemade sauce are more than enough to make this a simple and delicious meal.

How to make Thermomix Pizza Dough

How to make Thermomix Pizza Dough

Pizza Sauce

I also reserved some pasta sauce for our pizza night. We recently added a wood-fired pizza oven to the backyard. I’ve previously been using the leggo’s pizza sauce on the homemade pizza bases. After trying the Thermomix pasta sauce on the pizza I will never make pizza any other way. The pizza tasted exactly like my favourite authentic Italian pizza place in Santa Monica. Now I know their secret.

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

Have you noticed I keep swapping the term, pasta sauce, for Napoletana sauce? It seems that this sauce is known by a multitude of names and with even more spelling variations. In our house its known as a pasta sauce or passata but since everyone has a different name I’ve tried to incorporate a few variations.

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43 thoughts on “Cheats Thermomix Pasta Sauce Napoletana Style”

  1. Judy says:

    5 stars
    Made this sauce again today.. used my home grown tomatoes.. it’s a delicious sauce the only extra thing I did was to add a couple of Tabs of tomato paste to give it extra colour..I didn’t have oregano so I used basil… delicious

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Judy
      Oh Yum! Basil would be amazing!
      Thanks for the suggestion
      J xx

  2. John says:

    5 stars
    Added a small tin of anchovies – couldn’t help myself.
    Perfect for ratatouille. Roast the eggplant, zucchini slices, capsicum and onion in the oven (they need different roasting times). Then combine in an enameled cast iron pot with a lid, add the sauce, simmer gently for 30 min to combine flavors and allow to cool.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi John
      I fully support your addition to the recipe! YUM!

  3. Renee Weiss says:

    5 stars
    Hi are we able to double this recipe in one batch? I have a TM5 absolutely love it buy the way . have made this 10+ times. It’s my go to.

  4. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    After making the sauce / boiling the jars- what the shelf lift? Years? Confusing how it says it will last in the fridge for 2 weeks. I’m guessing you mean if not boiled to preserve in jars

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      The shelf life should be at least a year when the jars are sterilized and vacuum-sealed properly. I have given the fridge instructions for those who make the sauce and place it in regular containers to store in the fridge for use.
      Thank you for the question. I can see that may be confusing.

  5. Caz says:

    5 stars
    Yum recipe! Thanks for sharing! I removed pips and ends then roasted the tomatoes to enhance the flavour. The skins came off super easy. Added the required weight (flesh only) to original recipe ingredients and it all came out perfect, more of a paste rather than sauce which I was wanting anyway. Tastes like Italy.

  6. ali says:

    5 stars
    So tasty and easy!! Definitely making again!

  7. Esh says:

    Hi, just checking before I make this Pasta sauce. With the tomatoes I cut on halved then I have to remove the seeds and juice of the tomato before cooking?Thanks in advance

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Esh
      The whole tomato is used in the recipe. Just cut them in half and add them to the Thermomix.
      Happy cooking
      Julie xx

  8. Julianne says:

    5 stars
    This is such a yummy sauce! I found myself licking the bowl after making it, it was that good!! I used Tinned Tomatoes as a substitute and they turned out great. I used two 400g tins and left the rest of the recipe ingredient amounts the same. It filled about a 500-600ml jar. Thanks for sharing this…it’s now going to be a staple item in my house.

  9. Hannah Brayshaw says:

    4 stars
    Delicious, but the pepper burnt out throats. Will use half a tsp next time

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Hannah
      Thank you for your feedback. I’m pleased you liked the recipe.

  10. Rene says:

    5 stars
    properly the best tomato sauce i ever have tasted, my best friend Italien mama would be almost there…ITS A KEEPER

  11. Marion Matthews says:

    I love this recipe. It’s so simple and easy. Thank you! It works with cherry tomatoes too. We havevan oversupply of home grown cherry tomatoes; so I freeze them and make the fresh sauce when required. 🍅

  12. Gwyn says:

    Has anyone tried this with tinned tomatoes? It’s winter in Australia so our tomatoes are terrible, but I have a hankering for a tomato lasagne I made during summer using this recipe. The lasagne recipe is very simple – only lasagne sheets, mozarella and this sauce so the all the components really needs to be spectacular. It was perfect in summer using this recipe made with fresh tomatoes.

  13. Gwyn says:

    Hi I loved this sauce during summer and made it weekly.
    However now it’s winter, the tomatoes are not great. What do you think about using tinned tomatoes instead?

  14. Yvonne says:

    Oh my god, this is sooooo good! I was digging the leftovers in the pot and eating it directly. Thank you so much for sharing! And yes I should’ve check the comments on halving the recipe, the pot bottom was burnt a little but I dig it and ate it, too good! I’m so thankful to find this recipe! Thank you and thank you again!

  15. Jeremy Faulkner says:

    This recipe is my new favourite thanks so much my 3 kids devoured it, I did add 1/4 cup of red wine though cause I can’t help myself playing around with recipes.

    1. Brett Carlyle says:

      Hahaha!! That is fabulous! I am so happy the family likes it! I can’t even follow my own recipes, I tend to tweak it here and there as well 🙂

  16. CM says:

    5 stars
    This is my new favourite pasta sauce recipe! After step 6 I transferred it to a pot and simmered it on the stove with a bottle of plain passata added as my tomatoes weren’t super flavourful. It was gorgeous! We ate it over gnocchi and have also used it in a vege lasagne. Thankyou!

  17. Australia says:

    5 stars
    A tip – if you halve the recipe (we are a family of two) reduce the cooking time by around 15 minutes and add a cup of water)

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing 😊

  18. Mik says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Excellent to stir through fresh pasta and as a pizza base.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Mik,
      Yes, this is our “go to” recipe for pizza bases and pasta 🙂
      Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂
      Happy cooking

  19. Felicianna says:

    This is a delicious sauce that is packed with flavour. I make this every 2 weeks and its so easy when it comes to dinner time or snacks for the kids.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Felicianna
      I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the recipe 🙂 Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know.
      Happy Cooking

  20. Kate says:

    Hi. I’m wanting to add baby spinach leaves, would I add this in step 2 or step 6? I ultimately want to use this as a pizza base sauce or would it be too runny for this? Thanks.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kate
      Thanks for your message 🙂 Baby spinach only really needs wilting so you could add it in the last 2 minutes.
      To use the sauce as pizza sauce add one cup of the finished sauce to 2 Tbs of tomato paste and 1 tsp mixed herbs. Combine 5 sec/Speed 5. Homemade pizza sauce.
      Happy cooking

  21. Terri says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with my home grown cherry tomatoes. Absolutely Devine flavour. I was quite surprised it was not tart in any way considering the low amount of sugar added.. I will never buy store passata again 😍

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe! It’s the cooking time which sweetens the sauce. Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know your thoughts 🙂

  22. Christina says:

    5 stars
    I have made this a number of times now – thank you I love this recipe it is so full of flavour.

  23. Noni Zanesco says:

    Hi there
    If I was to separate and freeze in containers would this be ok …. Uni son and was thinking would be a great chuck in the pot pasta sauce????

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      That would be a great idea. I usually freeze it flat in zip lock bags as it takes up no room in the freezer. It’s also great to go with Mince for bolognaise.
      Happy Cooking

  24. Vanessa says:

    Hi Julie, which thermomix model is this recipe for? I don’t have temp 120, just 100 then varoma. Is varoma 120?


    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Vanessa, The TM5 has 120 degrees, for the TM31 just use the temp 100 for making the sauce. Happy Cooking 🙂

  25. Robyn says:

    If I was to put it into separate smaller jars to preserve, how long will it last.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      5 stars
      Hi Robyn,
      If you sterilize the jars and vacuum seal them they will probably last a few weeks in the fridge. I have to admit I never really keep any homemade preserves outside of the fridge as I don’t have faith in my preserving ability.
      UPDATE: I tested a jar of sauce which had been sealed in the fridge for a month. (sterilised and vacuum sealed) It was still perfect!

  26. Tamara says:

    5 stars
    Made this and later cooked up some diced bacon to a crisp, added the sauce and heated that up together. Served it with the gnocchi recipe in EDC…

    Partner called it restaurant quality! I’ve now printed it for future use … Thanks for such a good recipe ??

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      That sounds awesome!! So pleased you enjoyed it, it would be perfect with gnocchi 🙂

  27. Julie says:

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thank so much Julie, so pleased you liked the recipe.

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