Tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(59 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins Ready in 15 minutes

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 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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ladyruskin
4th Sep, 2014
5.05
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
30th Aug, 2014
5.05
Cant believe how good this tastes despite being so simple
SCD80
10th Jul, 2013
I added carrot, a red pepper and some pancetta and it tasted fantastic. Such a simple dish yet so tasty.
AgaLout
4th Jul, 2013
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
27th May, 2013
4.05
it's a fantastic veggy sauce for pasta! and so easy to make for lunch
geordielass78
26th Apr, 2013
5.05
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
10th Mar, 2013
Love it with meatballs.
silvoki
23rd Jan, 2013
5.05
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!!!
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mitchity40
10th Jan, 2013
5.05
Really easy, cheap and very tasty. I added some extra garlic and red pepper. Definitely will be using this recipe often!
Dash
2nd Jan, 2013
5.05
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.

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