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)

mrsb1973's picture

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

katemeech's picture

So easy, and a real hit with the chidlers!!

angiec_33's picture

surprisingly good for something so easy! no more jarred sauce for us!

monkeymonkey's picture

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

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

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

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

Made it last night for family ....they loved it

drfabio's picture

Really, really tasty, and so simple to make. Will definitely become a firm favourite for us.

emilyjo's picture

Really quick easy dinner side or snack and very tasty.

shaedon's picture

I love this sauce. It's quick and easy to make and the ingredients are always in the cupboard and don't go off quickly. I was wondering about freezing it though.
I'm assuming that you just leave it to cool completely and then freeze. Allowing it to defrost thoroughly before reheating.

can someone please tell me if i'm wrong with this assumption!

ogradyo's picture

toffeebanoffi - what is your tomato sauce recipie?

padgett's picture

loved this. So easy. Served with meatballs and pasta.
Would make again.

leamac83's picture

Made this as arrabiata sauce and it was delicious!!! Put in some torn chicken and was just like the sauce on M&S penne arrabiata and i loved it! Will be using the recipe all the time now!

toffeebanoffee's picture

Far too simple, I prefer my mum's tomato sauce, alot tastier

lurvlyloz's picture

absolutly gorgeous!

judithsimpson's picture

How can something so simple taste so good? This is now the only sauce my husband will eat on pasta, which makes life much easier for me!.


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