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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23rd Jun, 2011
So easy and tasty. Kids loved it.
8th Jun, 2011
Made this sauce last night with the addition of black pepper and 1 tsp - 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar. Absolutely delicious! I won't be buying a jar of tomato and basil sauce again.
30th May, 2011
Loved this as a simple and very tasty alternative to a jar. As an added bonus, the house smelled like an Italian restaurant!
30th May, 2011
Loved this as a simple and very tasty alternative to a jar. As an added bonus, the house smelled like an Italian restaurant!
15th May, 2011
I'll never understand why people buy jars of pasta sauce when this is so cheap and easy as well as being so much tastier. I make on almost a weekly basis and serve with pasta or over a baked potato.
7th May, 2011
Got to be 5 stars for its sheer ease, have a least once a week in our house! great standby tea!
4th May, 2011
Great with meatballs ,
17th Apr, 2011
Does anyone know about how many people this serves?
15th Apr, 2011
I always use this tomato sauce recipe with pasta for a fast evening meal when I haven't planned for anything else. Really delicious and my 2 yr old loves it aswell.
23rd Mar, 2011
This was quite tasty although a little bland for my taste, but this could be because I had it on pasta alone. It's so easy and a quick sauce to whip up!


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