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Large pan of tomato sauce

Basic tomato sauce

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Makes 8 portions (enough for two meals)

A good tomato sauce has countless uses. Make a big batch, then use in other dishes throughout the week

  • Freezable
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal103
fat6g
saturates1g
carbs10g
sugars8g
fibre3g
protein3g
low insalt0.29g
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomatoes

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a pan and add the vegetables and bay leaf. Stir in the sugar with some salt. Gently cook for 10-15 mins until the veg is tender. Stir in the tomatoes and 150ml water. Simmer very gently for 30 mins until the sauce has reduced by two-thirds and is very thick. (If you have doubled or tripled the quantities, this may take up to 1 hr.)

  • STEP 2

    Stir occasionally, particularly towards the end of the cooking time, so that the sauce doesn’t catch on the bottom. If you like your sauce a little thinner, add a splash of water. Serve half with pasta and chill or freeze other half in 1-2 batches for later use (see 'Goes well with' for ideas of how to use up your sauce).

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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