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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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.
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!


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