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Easy cheesy-tomato pasta sauce

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • 5 minutes for chopping vegetables
  • Easy
  • Serves 3
This vegetarian pasta sauce counts as your 5-a-day, it is very healthy, includes and does not take long to make. A great recipe for pasta, baked or roasted potatoes and red meat. It can also liven up a barbecue, using fresh tomatoes and basil leaves.


  • 3 good lugs of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, washed and chopped
  • 1 red pepper, washed, deseeded and chopped
  • A small handful of grapes (50-75g), rinsed and halved
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, rinsed and halved
  • 1 tin of good quality chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • A handful of grated cheese (50-75g)
  • A handful of green or black olives with feta (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)

To Serve:

  • A handful of chopped basil leaves, rinsed (and stalks)
  • Parmesan, shaves (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)


  • STEP 1
    Heat the oil in a medium-sized non-stick saucepan and gently cook the onion and the cherry tomatoes, then add the garlic until it becomes slightly golden. After this, add the tin of chopped tomatoes. Tip in the celery and grapes (optional: olives). Allow these to cook until they are slightly soft. Then add the grated cheese, allow this to melt into the sauce.
  • STEP 2
    Allow the sauce to cook for a further 1 minute. Season it to your preference, then serve in bowls topped with basil leaves and the shaved Parmesan and an extra teaspoon of olive oil.

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