Tomato sauce

Tomato sauce

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Makes enough to feed a family of 5, when stirred through pasta or spooned over chicken or fish
You'll never buy ready-made jars of pasta sauce again after trying this simple, easy blend with garlic and oregano

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per 150g serving

  • kcal58
  • fat2g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.2g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 onions, chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions and cook on a low heat until soft. Add the garlic and tomato purée. Cook for a few minutes then add the chopped tomatoes and oregano. Season generously and simmer for 20 mins, then allow to cool.

  2. Store in sterilised jars in the fridge for up to 1 week, or transfer to a container and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Frantic Flapjack
5th Aug, 2019
This is an excellent basic tomato sauce. I added a pinch of sugar with the tinned tomatoes to take away the acidity. I used this sauce instead of a jar of pasta sauce to make the Creamy Courgette Lasagne on this site. The ingredients are very cheap and I will use this sauce in the future for recipes that require tomato pasta sauce.
23rd Jan, 2018
15th Nov, 2017
why would you heat the sauce? serve it raw
1st Feb, 2014
A bit of a nothing sauce. Tried adding sugar and more herbs but was still bland.
22nd Apr, 2013
This is really nice. I made it earlier as a pizza topping. It worked superbly. I'm looking forward to using the rest in a lasagne later this week.
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