Bowl of spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Makes 350ml

Save time and money with this simple and tasty sauce, great with pasta, meat or fish

  • Easily doubled
  • Freezable
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal52
fat3g
saturates1g
carbs5g
sugars4g
fibre1g
protein2g
low insalt0.3g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic clove, then gently fry for 1 min.

  • STEP 2

    Tip in the chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock powder, tomato purée and sugar, then bring to the boil.
 Reduce the heat, then simmer uncovered for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

  • STEP 3

    To finish, tear a few basil leaves, then stir into the sauce.

RECIPE TIPS
CREAMY MASCARPONE
Stir 2 tbsp mascarpone into the sauce at the end of the cooking time. Delicious poured over fresh tortellini, topped with a few more spoonfuls of cheese, then baked until bubbling at the edges.
SPICY ARRABIATA
Use 2 garlic cloves and add a good pinch each chilli flakes and dried oregano. Stir in 1 tsp balsamic vinegar to serve.
SWEET SPICED MOROCCAN
Omit the basil and add 2 tsp honey and ½ tsp each ground cinnamon and coriander instead of the sugar. Try it with lamb meatballs and couscous, or served with chicken.

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