Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(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
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 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



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 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.

You may also like

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
2nd Aug, 2010
This is beautiful!!! I made double quantity and portioned it off for freezing. Didn't expect such a simple recipe to be so tasty. Its also a great base for adding whatever you fancy at the time.
17th Jun, 2010
gorgeously tasty without having the high fat contents of a branded jar of pasta sauce. I will be making again tonight without a doubt!
3rd Jun, 2010
Just made the Moroccan version and served it with griddled lamb leg steaks and cous cous. It was delicious! I added more coriander and honey, and added some cumin - will definitely make this version again too!
30th May, 2010
Made it last night for family ....they loved it
10th May, 2010
Really, really tasty, and so simple to make. Will definitely become a firm favourite for us.
18th Apr, 2010
Really quick easy dinner side or snack and very tasty.
8th Sep, 2009
I love this sauce. It's quick and easy to make and the ingredients are always in the cupboard and don't go off quickly. I was wondering about freezing it though. I'm assuming that you just leave it to cool completely and then freeze. Allowing it to defrost thoroughly before reheating. can someone please tell me if i'm wrong with this assumption!
14th Jul, 2009
toffeebanoffi - what is your tomato sauce recipie?
14th Mar, 2009
loved this. So easy. Served with meatballs and pasta. Would make again.
8th Mar, 2009
Made this as arrabiata sauce and it was delicious!!! Put in some torn chicken and was just like the sauce on M&S penne arrabiata and i loved it! Will be using the recipe all the time now!


Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.
Want to receive regular food and recipe web notifications from us?