Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

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(33 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

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

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal103
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.29g
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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  • 2 onions, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
    Sugar

    Sugar

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    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 4 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomatoes

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).

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hannahandnikolaj
7th Jun, 2017
5.05
We regularly make batches of this and use it in the spicy chicken cacciatore and bean and sausage hotpot that it "goes well with" (see links on the right).
carenscookin
7th May, 2015
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lovely! I only used 2 cans of tomatoes to feed 4 and when cooked I added half a tub of mascarpone and some choritzo, very tasty, will definately be making this one again.
Annie17
7th Feb, 2015
A really tasty sauce. I halved the recipe (apart from the teaspoon of sugar) and still found it a bit tart, so might use more next time. I do have a sweet tooth mind you. What did others think?
VicParis
7th Aug, 2014
3.8
Make this sauce regularly and freeze half. Easy to rustle up as ingredients are staples. I found it a little too sweet so left out the sugar and since then has been better.
whats4t
26th Jul, 2014
when really well reduced, this sauce is very good when building your own pizzas, makes a perfect base.
SamoodleDoodle
4th Feb, 2014
4.05
Wonderful basic sauce that can be used for anything. I cut the ingredients by half because I didn't want to make too much (no room in the freezer) and it still worked perfectly, and tasted delicious! Will definitely be using this recipe often!
aprzybysz2
19th Apr, 2013
Great recipe. My lot is so fussy about any sauces, but they loved this one. Definately going to be a staple in my kitchen from now on.
bowdenei
19th Mar, 2013
5.05
Made this today in a frying pan to hasten the cooking process and grated the carrots like someone suggested As I had passata in the fridge I used that and made up the rest with about half a can of chopped tomatoes. I made half the quantity. And then used half that for the bean and sausage hotpot. It worked out well and the veg was nicely cooked doing it that way. I've learned from similar recipes to keep the veg small and cook it in a wide pan or you end up with carrots that won't soften and crunchy onions.
tizabella
21st Oct, 2012
4.05
Great, love it, so simple. Used it in the bean sausage hotpot
andycrofts
22nd Aug, 2012
Made this a few times - great standby. I prepared a bagful of dried chickpeas and froze them a couple of months' ago. Girlie got them from the freezer, thinking it was my 'pea-and-ham soup' (To die for, by the way!). Think I'll lob them in to add a bit of 'je ne sais quo' - it'll be an experiment. If we can't actually eat it, the dog can. (Note to self: Go buy a dog tomorrow....)

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