Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(107 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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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.
23rd Jul, 2017
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.
18th May, 2016
Lovely. Ony added half the amount of sugar (a pinch, really) as I like the sharpness of the tomatoes. Ready in 5. Delish.
27th Feb, 2016
2nd Feb, 2016
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.
6th May, 2015
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.
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24th Feb, 2015
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
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14th Feb, 2015
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!


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