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Tomato Sauce

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Prep: 30 minutes Cook: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Around 2 litres

A basic tomato sauce concentrate. Full of flavour which can be added to a variety of dishes to add some punch to the taste. Great to use as part of a pizza topping! Makes around 2 litres.

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  • Olive oil
  • 8-10 onions roughly chopped
  • 4-6 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 whole celery, base removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 x 400ml tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 big handfuls of fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat 5-6 tablespoons of olive to a large flame-proof casserole and add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook for 5-10 minutes stirring until the onions have softened a little.

  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, red wine vinegar, season with the salt and plenty of black pepper. Stir well, cover and simmer on the lowest heat for an hour.

  3. After an hour, turn off the heat and let cool for 30 minutes.

  4. Stir in the basil leaves and using a liquidiser blend in batches until smooth.

  5. Divide the sauce into as many 150ml click-lock plastic containers as you can and put them in the freezer. These can then be taken out and defrosted as and when you need them.

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