A student staple, this hearty tomato pasta comes to only 27p per serving.

prep time 5 mins total time 15 mins serves 4


  • 1 brown onion (£0.10)

  • 2 cloves of garlic (£0.06)

  • 2 400ml tins chopped tomatoes (£0.66)

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree (£0.03)

  • 500g wholewheat pasta (£0.56)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Mixed herbs

  • (Optional) Nutritional yeast/vegan cheese



  1. Chop the onion and and garlic and add to a large pan with a splash of oil.

  2. Fry over medium heat until translucent.

  3. Add in the tomatoes, tomato puree, mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

  4. Put your pasta on to cook according to the packet instructions.

  5. Cook the tomato sauce until your pasta is ready.

  6. Drain pasta and stir into the sauce, heating through.

  7. Serve with nutritional yeast or a sprinkling of vegan cheese.


  • Add in your favourite vegetables, or leftover vegetables that you have in your fridge. Peppers, spinach or mushrooms would work really well.

  • Turn into a pasta bake by adding breadcrumbs, vegan cheese and nutritional yeast on top, and bake in the oven until golden.