Tomato sauce pasta salad

Spicy Tomato Sauce Pasta Salad Recipe – Quick, Easy & Delicious

My mother-in-law recently brought over a delightful tomato sauce pasta salad for our dinner. It was so delicious that I asked her for the recipe, and it turns out, it’s incredibly simple to make! Although, I was quite surprised by the amount of sugar it contains. Here’s the recipe.

Spicy Tomato Sauce Pasta Salad Recipe


  • 500g pack of pasta screws
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil and red wine vinegar (mix equal parts)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper


  • Mix the tomato sauce, sugar, olive oil and red wine vinegar mix, and curry powder together. Give it a good stir and let it sit for at least an hour so that the sugar fully dissolves.
  • Chop the onion and bell pepper as finely as possible. Add it to the tomato sauce mixture once the sugar has fully dissolved and mix together.
  • Cook the pasta screws al dente and leave to cool before adding the sauce and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours at least before serving, preferably overnight.

Ingredients tomato sauce pasta salad

The pasta salad tastes even better as it sits longer, so it’s best to prepare it a day ahead to let the flavours develop. While my mother-in-law’s recipe suggests using green peppers, I opted for yellow peppers as my preference. Although I usually favour red peppers, I chose yellow to add a vibrant touch to the dish. I’ve encountered versions of this recipe that incorporate garlic, and you can also adjust the quantity of curry powder to suit your taste. I used Rajah Flavourful & Mild curry powder as I prefer spicy rather than hot flavours. Feel free to experiment and discover your ideal blend of flavours.

I made it with All Gold tomato sauce the first time I made it and the colour was a lot more red, this time I made it with Wellington’s tomato sauce and the colour was a lot more pale.

This spicy tomato sauce pasta salad is great to serve with a braai, add to the kids’ lunch boxes, and have as a versatile side dish for any dinner.

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  1. Doria Cucciolillo

    Yummy definitely going to try this recipe.

  2. Doria Cucciolillo

    Yummy definitely going to try this recipe – also not many ingredients, therefore perfect for a Jan-o-worry budget! 🙂

    • Exactly! It’s super cheap, made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and it goes a long way. Its the perfect dish for January when we are all feeling super hungry! I made another really delicious pasta salad recently and must share in on my blog soon. It was a creamy corn pasta salad. Very easy to make with a tin of sweet corn, onion, and bell pepper (I used red). Then the sauce is just mayonnaise mixed with plain yoghurt, add in some salt, pepper and garlic powder.

  3. Chantel van Aswegen

    Delicious….We love Pasta Salads. So many different varieties.
    I always make a super spicy Salad for me and my husband and then a mild Salad for the girls.

    • We are also loving pasta salads, they are such a great dish, super cheap and easy to make and last a long time!

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