Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(108 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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21st Oct, 2014
Simple, quick and delicious! I added a few extra cloves of garlic to really bring out the flavour. I have tried both the original and arrabiatta versions and they're both winners.
24th Sep, 2014
One of the best dishes I have ever made - very professional and filled with flavour!
4th Sep, 2014
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!
30th Aug, 2014
Cant believe how good this tastes despite being so simple
10th Jul, 2013
I added carrot, a red pepper and some pancetta and it tasted fantastic. Such a simple dish yet so tasty.
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.
27th May, 2013
it's a fantastic veggy sauce for pasta! and so easy to make for lunch
26th Apr, 2013
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.
10th Mar, 2013
Love it with meatballs.
23rd Jan, 2013
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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