12 passata recipes | olivemagazine

Rustle up something spectacular with a simple jar of tomato passata. This cheap and versatile ingredient can be used in a variety of dishes, providing flavour and a silky smooth sauce. Be inspired by our recipes below and then check out our top storecupboard recipes and healthy vegetarian storecupboard meals.

Passata recipes

Tomato passata

For a little kitchen project, why not make your own version of the classic Italian sauce? Whip up a batch and use it as a delicious base for pizzas, pastas and stews.

two bottles of tomato pasta

Vodka pasta (penne alla vodka)

The use of vodka in this dish helps to create a silky, slurpable sauce that clings onto the pasta. Serve with some freshly grated parmesan and basil leaves, if you like.

plate of penne all vodka

Squid stew

Tender squid and creamy butter beans are paired with a thick, rich tomato sauce to create this moreish and hearty dinner. Serve with some crusty bread to help mop up all the juices.


Vegetarian moussaka

For a comforting dinner, make this veggie moussaka filled with aubergine and vegetarian mince. It makes for a perfect midweek family meal.

vegetarian moussaka in a baking dish with two slices missing

Sloppy joe meatball bake

Top readymade meatballs with tomato sauce and mozzarella for a filling, cheesy dinner. It’s a great option for a meal with friends or family. Serve with some buttered bread and let everyone tuck in.

Sloppy Joe Meatball Bake_preview

Chicken tinga

Serve this smoky, spicy Mexican dish in tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas or just in bowls with some tortilla chips and guacamole on the side. If you have any leftovers, this dish freezes really well.

three plates of chicken Tinga with salsa and tortilla chips

Slow cooker meatballs

Rustle up some homemade meatballs, cooked low and slow until they’re perfectly tender, paired with a rich tomato sauce. Serve with spaghetti and grate some parmesan on top.


Baked bolognese risotto

This mash-up of two much-loved Italian dishes is a hearty and filling meal that will easily become a family favourite. Bubbling, golden cheese is the perfect topping to this dish.

baked risotto_charlie richards_preview

Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower and parmesan make a brilliant keto-friendly alternative to the always popular pizza. Make this recipe and add all your favourite toppings for a great healthy alternative to your usual Friday night takeaway.


Stuffed sausage pasta bake

Liven up your midweek meals with this sausage and kale pasta bake. Fill giant pasta shells with herby sausagemeat, ricotta and kale, and bake, nestled in a delicious tomato sauce.

baked sausage and kale stuffed pasta shells in a oven baking dish

‘Nduja pepperonata stew

Pair sweet, slow-cooked peppers with spicy sausage and creamy mozzarella for this delicious ‘nduja pepperonata stew. Serve with some crusty bread or buttered orzo for a filling and nutritious meal.

nduja pepperonata stew

Persian aubergine bake

This easy one-pot aubergine bake with crumbled feta is simple to make and an excellent comfort dish. It makes a wonderful meal for feeding a crowd.


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