Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(96 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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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!
23rd Dec, 2011
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).
25th Oct, 2011
We ran out of stir in pasta sauce and didn't know what to do so I thought that it couldn't be that hard to make it yourself so i searched Pasta Sauce and this great recipe came up. So glad we decided to give it a go and it's also very very easy to make, but I added a teaspoon of capers, splash of lemon juice and salt and pepper. When I added the basil near the end I also added a few cherry tomatoes. We had it with pasta and cheese.
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6th Oct, 2011
I adjusted the recipie slightly. I made it so it feels naughty, but still almost as healthy. I dont like tomato based sauces (i like the bad creamy ones!), so I followed the receipie but crushed 2 cloves of garlic into the oil at the start with some chilli falkes for a kick. I then followed the recipie but when simmering added some low fat greek yougurt, some more sugar, some tomato ketchup and some extra puree. Tastes fab and has a nice creamy texture :) Don't need exact measurments, just add a little at a time until it tastes right for you. Don't be put off by the initial sour yogurt, just add more of the others till it tastes scrummy to you! I also added the basil so it is more of a creamy tomato and basil sauce.
26th Aug, 2011
Simply perfect. Delicious, easy and quick to make and no expensive ingredients.


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