Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 8 portions (enough for two meals)

A good tomato sauce has countless uses. Make a big batch, then use in other dishes throughout the week

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
103
protein
3g
carbs
10g
fat
6g
saturates
1g
fibre
3g
sugar
8g
salt
0.29g

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomatoes

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the vegetables and bay leaf. Stir in the sugar with some salt. Gently cook for 10-15 mins until the veg is tender. Stir in the tomatoes and 150ml water. Simmer very gently for 30 mins until the sauce has reduced by two-thirds and is very thick. (If you have doubled or tripled the quantities, this may take up to 1 hr.)
  2. Stir occasionally, particularly towards the end of the cooking time, so that the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom. If you like your sauce a little thinner, add a splash of water. Serve half with pasta and chill or freeze other half in 1-2 batches for later use (see 'Goes well with' for ideas of how to use up your sauce).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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openwide's picture
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Love this sauce.........it's now my basic tomato sauce. I've used it to make the bean and sausage hotpot, which the whole family enjoyed. I also use it when I'm making meatballs and spaghetti.

I always freeze some when I make it, so I have an instant supper when I can't be bothered to cook after a hard day at work.

I might try it with added chillies next time for an added kick with pasta.

VicParis's picture
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Great home-made taste for this tomato sauce. I left out the sugar and it was still tasty.

1william's picture

A very good basic tomatoe sauce, added a large splash of red wine.

catherinegolightly's picture
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Tried this last week and loved it - finding lots more dishes I can use it in now! I tried it in the Bean and Sausage Hotpot in the "Goes well with..." and it did!

lynnireson's picture
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Versatile and tasty. I keep coming back to it. Excellent fallback when you short of time and ideas.

mr_ward2220's picture
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Really fantastic recipe, I added a tbsp of balsamic vinegar to mine and replaced one of the tins of tomatoes with halved cherry tomatoes and also added some chilli. Great arrabiata base!

nikki299's picture

Really tasty sauce, i added an extra clove of garlic and grated my carrots so the sauce would be smoother. I also switched the water for red wine!!

lisel1969's picture
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This was a great recipe but I'm not sure I'd add the sugar next time as it tasted a little too sweet for me - but I'd definitely make it again

lindascott1967's picture
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Really meant to give this 5 stars, can't seem to change the rating .

lindascott1967's picture
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I added an extra tsp of sugar to sweeten it a little more. The sauce was so easy to make and tasted great! Will now be my staple tomato sauce recipe!

milkyjohn's picture
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Very tasty sauce, great with pasta.

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