Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(73 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  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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Anita Lee
10th Aug, 2018
5.05
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
5.05
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.
ruthpatricia
1st Jun, 2018
5.05
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.
puffle
29th Oct, 2017
5.05
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
nsbell87@google...
9th Oct, 2017
5.05
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
4.05
I made this with spaghetti and meatballs. Delicious. So easy too and much healthier than shop bought bottled sauce.
ainenim
23rd Jul, 2017
5.05
I make this now about once a month and freeze small portions of it. My son loves it on pasta and pasta pockets and always asks for it.
ordonnel
18th May, 2016
5.05
Lovely. Ony added half the amount of sugar (a pinch, really) as I like the sharpness of the tomatoes. Ready in 5. Delish.
smccaule
27th Feb, 2016
5.05
delicious!
jollyjule
2nd Feb, 2016
5.05
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.

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louisedstanley
23rd Nov, 2015
Its says 52 calories per portion but is a portion the full 350ml?
soxsina
1st Sep, 2015
Can you freeze this recipe including when you use the macarpone sauce?
DanielleGunn
24th Sep, 2014
5.05
I added mushrooms, dried chillies, oregano, onions, a few slices of green pepper, pepper, and a small sprinkling of cheese.
AgaLout
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.