Tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(60 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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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.
greenfletcher
17th Nov, 2012
5.05
This is the easiest and tastiest tomato sauce I've ever come across. I make it in large volumes then freeze it. I add a finely diced onion and mainly use dried basil - but the flavour is still superb.
gastrove
2nd Aug, 2012
5.05
GLUTENFREE: So easy, so good... add whatever you want. Awesome. Make sure the stock cube and puree is gluten free and you got some easy goodness...
psamiad1
14th Jun, 2012
4.05
Why would you use a jarred sauce when this is so ridiculously easy and BETTER than a jar? Thoroughly recommend.
elena87
29th May, 2012
I made the arrabiata version, added grilled peppers and chicken, and served with fresh pasta and it was lovely!
feciko
8th May, 2012
Yes like it, added some chilli flakes for a bit more bite ....loverly ...
philhemp
22nd Mar, 2012
5.05
sooooo yummy!!!!, added a few chili flakes and balsamic vinegar, it was delicious
doozin56
19th Feb, 2012
4.05
Really easy to make and super tasty! I didn't have any vegetable stock, but it still tasted really good! I think I'll add a few bits of chopped veg or something next time, but for a simple sauce, this is great :)
lillabet76
3rd Feb, 2012
5.05
Such a simple sauce but so very tasty! My husband doesn't like tomatoes particularly, but loves this sauce. I can't wait to try the other variations and maybe creating a couple of my own!
becstick
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Brilliantly simple and a success in our household, finally my 3YO will eat pasta with a sauce = result! (I used tomato ketchup instead of sugar, added dried oregano & balsamic).

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