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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mitchity40's picture
10th Jan, 2013
Really easy, cheap and very tasty. I added some extra garlic and red pepper. Definitely will be using this recipe often!
2nd Jan, 2013
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.
17th Nov, 2012
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.
2nd Aug, 2012
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...
14th Jun, 2012
Why would you use a jarred sauce when this is so ridiculously easy and BETTER than a jar? Thoroughly recommend.
29th May, 2012
I made the arrabiata version, added grilled peppers and chicken, and served with fresh pasta and it was lovely!
8th May, 2012
Yes like it, added some chilli flakes for a bit more bite ....loverly ...
22nd Mar, 2012
sooooo yummy!!!!, added a few chili flakes and balsamic vinegar, it was delicious
19th Feb, 2012
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 :)
3rd Feb, 2012
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!


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