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Bowl of spaghetti with tomato and basil sauce

Tomato & basil sauce

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  • Easy
  • Makes 350ml

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

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.

  • STEP 4

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

  • STEP 5

    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 6

    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.
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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Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2008

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Rating: 5 out of 5.139 ratings
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