Tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(53 ratings)

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


Makes 350ml
Save time and money with this simple and tasty sauce, great with pasta, meat or fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal52
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.28g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 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



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  • few basil leaves


  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.

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Comments (59)

psamiad1's picture

Why would you use a jarred sauce when this is so ridiculously easy and BETTER than a jar? Thoroughly recommend.

elena87's picture

I made the arrabiata version, added grilled peppers and chicken, and served with fresh pasta and it was lovely!

feciko's picture

Yes like it, added some chilli flakes for a bit more bite ....loverly ...

philhemp's picture

sooooo yummy!!!!, added a few chili flakes and balsamic vinegar, it was delicious

doozin56's picture

Really easy to make and super tasty! I didn't have any vegetable stock, but it still tasted really good!
I think I'll add a few bits of chopped veg or something next time, but for a simple sauce, this is great :)

lillabet76's picture

Such a simple sauce but so very tasty!
My husband doesn't like tomatoes particularly, but loves this sauce. I can't wait to try the other variations and maybe creating a couple of my own!

becstick's picture

Brilliantly simple and a success in our household, finally my 3YO will eat pasta with a sauce = result! (I used tomato ketchup instead of sugar, added dried oregano & balsamic).

nadia19's picture

We ran out of stir in pasta sauce and didn't know what to do so I thought that it couldn't be that hard to make it yourself so i searched Pasta Sauce and this great recipe came up. So glad we decided to give it a go and it's also very very easy to make, but I added a teaspoon of capers, splash of lemon juice and salt and pepper. When I added the basil near the end I also added a few cherry tomatoes. We had it with pasta and cheese.

rkarlekar's picture

I adjusted the recipie slightly. I made it so it feels naughty, but still almost as healthy. I dont like tomato based sauces (i like the bad creamy ones!), so I followed the receipie but crushed 2 cloves of garlic into the oil at the start with some chilli falkes for a kick. I then followed the recipie but when simmering added some low fat greek yougurt, some more sugar, some tomato ketchup and some extra puree. Tastes fab and has a nice creamy texture :) Don't need exact measurments, just add a little at a time until it tastes right for you. Don't be put off by the initial sour yogurt, just add more of the others till it tastes scrummy to you! I also added the basil so it is more of a creamy tomato and basil sauce.

julieah's picture

Simply perfect. Delicious, easy and quick to make and no expensive ingredients.

natalierachel's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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!


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