Bowl of spaghetti with tomato & basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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(95 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
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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

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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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drfabio
10th May, 2010
5.05
Really, really tasty, and so simple to make. Will definitely become a firm favourite for us.
emilyjo
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!
toffeebanoffee
6th Dec, 2008
Far too simple, I prefer my mum's tomato sauce, alot tastier
Twinklebum99
1st Oct, 2008
3.05
absolutly gorgeous!
judithsimpson
11th Sep, 2008
5.05
How can something so simple taste so good? This is now the only sauce my husband will eat on pasta, which makes life much easier for me!.

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