Tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins Ready in 15 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 350ml

Save time and money with this simple and tasty sauce, great with pasta, meat or fish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
52
protein
2g
carbs
5g
fat
3g
saturates
1g
fibre
1g
sugar
4g
salt
0.28g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp vegetable stock powder or ½ crumbled stock cube
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • few basil leaves

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the garlic, then gently fry for 1 min.
  2. Tip in all the other ingredients, except the basil, then bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat, then simmer uncovered for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. To finish, tear the basil leaves, then stir into the sauce.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2008

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natalierachel's picture
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So easy and tasty. Kids loved it.

branston1's picture

Made this sauce last night with the addition of black pepper and 1 tsp - 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar. Absolutely delicious! I won't be buying a jar of tomato and basil sauce again.

clionaf's picture
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Loved this as a simple and very tasty alternative to a jar. As an added bonus, the house smelled like an Italian restaurant!

clionaf's picture
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Loved this as a simple and very tasty alternative to a jar. As an added bonus, the house smelled like an Italian restaurant!

jesshood's picture

I'll never understand why people buy jars of pasta sauce when this is so cheap and easy as well as being so much tastier. I make on almost a weekly basis and serve with pasta or over a baked potato.

gurner's picture
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Got to be 5 stars for its sheer ease, have a least once a week in our house! great standby tea!

daughter2's picture

Great with meatballs ,

keziaelisabeth's picture

Does anyone know about how many people this serves?

sianie012's picture
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I always use this tomato sauce recipe with pasta for a fast evening meal when I haven't planned for anything else. Really delicious and my 2 yr old loves it aswell.

hollystead's picture
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This was quite tasty although a little bland for my taste, but this could be because I had it on pasta alone. It's so easy and a quick sauce to whip up!

mrsb1973's picture
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Easy to make and delicious. Followed the arrabiatta recipe and it was great with meatballs and pasta - yummy!

katemeech's picture
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So easy, and a real hit with the chidlers!!

angiec_33's picture
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surprisingly good for something so easy! no more jarred sauce for us!

abmnyz's picture
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Tasty !!!

monkeymonkey's picture
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Just made this for lunch as I have run out of bread... Nearly as quick as cheese on toast, the recipe is ideal for a lunchtime snack for all the family, "yum yums" all round! It's not as tasty as a 3 hour ragu but its a different animal and actually just as good for the comparative amount of time it's cooked in, 15 mins well spent and didn't have to go to shop!

denisejay's picture
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A lovely basic tomato sauce. It has a silkiness to it and enough sweetness to counteract the tartness of the tinned tomatoes, without tasting too sugary. I added chilli flakes to mine to give it a bit of oomph and coupled it with spaghetti. I'll be using this as my basic tomato sauce base from now on.

loopylouboobyboo's picture

This is beautiful!!! I made double quantity and portioned it off for freezing. Didn't expect such a simple recipe to be so tasty. Its also a great base for adding whatever you fancy at the time.

dawnjames's picture
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gorgeously tasty without having the high fat contents of a branded jar of pasta sauce. I will be making again tonight without a doubt!

drfabio's picture
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Just made the Moroccan version and served it with griddled lamb leg steaks and cous cous. It was delicious! I added more coriander and honey, and added some cumin - will definitely make this version again too!

mcshell68's picture
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Made it last night for family ....they loved it

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