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)

ordonnel's picture

Lovely. Ony added half the amount of sugar (a pinch, really) as I like the sharpness of the tomatoes. Ready in 5. Delish.

jollyjule's picture

I really like this recipe, because it is so quick and I usually have the ingredients in my cupboard (except the fresh basil). It is versatile too, I like to use italian herbs or cayenne pepper.
We prefer to blend the sauce after cooking, just a few pulses with a stick blender and our son likes it too.

JohnT's picture

This turned out really well, my wife doesn't usually like tomato based sauces but she gave it a try and to my surprise she loved it. I put in one small onion sliced plus a red pepper sliced with the garlic at the start. I also used a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes with herbs.....they sell this in the supermarkets......a bit more expensive than the usual can of straight chopped tomatoes but it really did add to the taste I think. This will now be my choice for tomato sauce......and it's so easy and quick to make. Just brilliant.

CalMamaCook's picture

Lovely, and good to make in batches when I have basil in. Good for all sorts of dishes and kids seem to like it too

CalMamaCook's picture

Lovely sauce and easy to make. The kids liked it which makes it universally useful for us with various pasta dishes. Now I've made a sample I'll make a batch next time!

lakshmim's picture

Simple, quick and delicious! I added a few extra cloves of garlic to really bring out the flavour. I have tried both the original and arrabiatta versions and they're both winners.

DanielleGunn's picture

One of the best dishes I have ever made - very professional and filled with flavour!

ladyruskin's picture

Really easy to make and add to as others have mentioned. Goes great with meatballs - brown them in a frying pan and then put the cooked sauce in with them whilst you cook the spaghetti. The sauce mixes with all the meatball juices - yum!

armchairadventurer's picture

Cant believe how good this tastes despite being so simple

SCD80's picture

I added carrot, a red pepper and some pancetta and it tasted fantastic. Such a simple dish yet so tasty.

AgaLout's picture

A lovely, simple, quick sauce. The best version I've cooked of this so far is with two chopped shalotts, half a red chilli and dried basil at the end. Fresh basil would be ideal, but dried is all I had and it works really well.

lolabts's picture

it's a fantastic veggy sauce for pasta! and so easy to make for lunch

geordielass78's picture

Start by frying off an onion for 5 minutes (with bacon or diced chicken if you want a meaty sauce), and add a couple of extra garlic cloves and this is one of the best quick, low fat pasta sauces I've tried.

daughter2's picture

Love it with meatballs.

silvoki's picture

Very quick and very tasty. I've added a handful of mushrooms which i've saute with a splash of oil) just before adding the basil and some pepper at the end. Delicious!!!

mitchity40's picture

Really easy, cheap and very tasty. I added some extra garlic and red pepper. Definitely will be using this recipe often!

Dash's picture

I made the arrabiata version without basil and with a finely sliced shallot added. Outstandingly good. I've made Tom Norrington Davis's version for years but this is far better. Less watery and far more taste.

greenfletcher's picture

This is the easiest and tastiest tomato sauce I've ever come across. I make it in large volumes then freeze it. I add a finely diced onion and mainly use dried basil - but the flavour is still superb.

gastrove's picture

So easy, so good... add whatever you want. Awesome.
Make sure the stock cube and puree is gluten free and you got some easy goodness...


Questions (2)

louisedstanley's picture

Its says 52 calories per portion but is a portion the full 350ml?

soxsina's picture

Can you freeze this recipe including when you use the macarpone sauce?

Tips (2)

DanielleGunn's picture

I added mushrooms, dried chillies, oregano, onions, a few slices of green pepper, pepper, and a small sprinkling of cheese.

AgaLout's picture

Gently fry two chopped shallots at the beginning, add half a red chilli with the garlic and stir in dried basil if you haven't got fresh. This will add a further depth and dimension to the flavour, should you want it.