Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(99 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins


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 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan, add 1 crushed garlic clove, then gently fry for 1 min.

  2. Tip in 400g chopped tomatoes, 1 tbsp vegetable stock powder or ½ crumbled stock cube, 1 tbsp tomato purée and 1 tsp sugar, then bring to the boil.

  3. Reduce the heat, then simmer uncovered for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

  4. To finish, tear a few basil leaves, then stir into the sauce.

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19th Aug, 2019
would definitely recommend! so simple and to be healthier I did not add the sugar and it still tasted great. However, don't keep it boiling for too long as it may get slightly thicker. still, lovely recipe!
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Susan Martin
24th Mar, 2019
this is a lovely sauce - can't believe I haven't used it for years - so easy and cheap too!
21st Nov, 2018
Also very good with chicken stock!
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7th Nov, 2018
so delicious made with my nan and we both slurped it up nice and quick loved the food :D good job
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Anita Lee
10th Aug, 2018
I tweaked this a little. Fried 100 grams chopped chorizo, an onion and a small red pepper with a pinch of dried chili and Italian herbs, the rest as per the recipe, it was delicious!
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Jennie Lock
24th Jun, 2018
Just put a pan of pasta on for lunch then looked in the cupboard and realised I’d forgotten to buy pasta sauce! Did a quick google and knocked this recipe up in the time it took the pasta to cook. Really tasty, much nicer than jars of sauce, and cost about 40p to make.
1st Jun, 2018
Great basic recipe, I added a small finely chopped onion, small piece of red chilli plus a good glug of red wine and more than a few torn basil leaves.
29th Oct, 2017
Brilliant recipe- incredibly quick and easy, and very tasty! It uses store cupboard ingredients as well, very handy when I'm running low on food and need to whip up a quick meal. I usually add some shredded chicken or bacon as well for the protein
9th Oct, 2017
I am a complete novice cook, and although I should have maybe prepped the ingredients before putting the pasta on (I got a bit flustered) it was super, super easy and really delicious. I stirred the torn up basil leaves through the sauce while it was still over the heat, and had it with wholegrain pasta and king prawns - absolutely great :)
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Fatty Fatterson
8th Sep, 2017
I made this with spaghetti and meatballs. Delicious. So easy too and much healthier than shop bought bottled sauce.


New male cook
12th May, 2019
Do you use the whole 400g can of chopped tomatoes including the liquid or do you just use the tomatoes ?
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13th May, 2019
Thanks for your question - you use the whole can, including the juice. Enjoy!
25th Jan, 2019
Can i use a chicken stock pot as I don't have a vegetable one?
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25th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question - yes you can. Stock pots tend to be saltier so we'd recommend using no more than half.
23rd Nov, 2015
Its says 52 calories per portion but is a portion the full 350ml?
1st Sep, 2015
Can you freeze this recipe including when you use the macarpone sauce?
24th Sep, 2014
I added mushrooms, dried chillies, oregano, onions, a few slices of green pepper, pepper, and a small sprinkling of cheese.
4th Jul, 2013
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.
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