Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(107 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    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
    Sugar

    Sugar

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  • few basil leaves

Method

  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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loopylouboobyboo
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.
dawnjames
17th Jun, 2010
5.05
gorgeously tasty without having the high fat contents of a branded jar of pasta sauce. I will be making again tonight without a doubt!
drfabio
3rd Jun, 2010
5.05
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!
mcshell68
30th May, 2010
5.05
Made it last night for family ....they loved it
drfabio
10th May, 2010
5.05
Really, really tasty, and so simple to make. Will definitely become a firm favourite for us.
embea
18th Apr, 2010
5.05
Really quick easy dinner side or snack and very tasty.
shaedon
8th Sep, 2009
5.05
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!
ogradyo
14th Jul, 2009
toffeebanoffi - what is your tomato sauce recipie?
padgett
14th Mar, 2009
loved this. So easy. Served with meatballs and pasta. Would make again.
leamac83
8th Mar, 2009
5.05
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!

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