Simple Tomato Sauce

This is a really useful basic sauce and can be used in so many ways – it’s delicious tossed through pasta or as a base for stews, soups and pizzas. Once you’ve made it a few times, try tweaking it with additional ingredients to take it to another level.

Difficulty:👍👍

Cost: ££

Serves 6 people


2 cloves of garlic
½ a bunch of fresh basil
(or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 x 400g tins good-quality plum tomatoes
Red wine vinegar (optional)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Peel & finely slice the garlic.
  2. Pick the basil leaves (if using) and roughly chop the stalks.
  3. Place the olive oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the garlic, basil stalks or dried oregano and fry for around 2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  4. Add the plum tomatoes, squashing and breaking them up slightly with a wooden spoon. Add a splash of water to the empty tomato tins, give them a swirl and pour into the pan.
  5. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for around 30 minutes or until thickened and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar (if using) and stir well. Have a taste and season with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper or an extra splash of vinegar, if you think it needs it
  7. Stir in the basil leaves (if using), then serve.

Method

  1. Peel & finely slice the garlic.
  2. Pick the basil leaves (if using) and roughly chop the stalks.
  3. Place the olive oil into a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the garlic, basil stalks or dried oregano and fry for around 2 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  4. Add the plum tomatoes, squashing and breaking them up slightly with a wooden spoon. Add a splash of water to the empty tomato tins, give them a swirl and pour into the pan.
  5. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for around 30 minutes or until thickened and reduced, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar (if using) and stir well. Have a taste and season with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper or an extra splash of vinegar, if you think it needs it
  7. Stir in the basil leaves (if using), then serve.

Ingredients

2 cloves of garlic
½ a bunch of fresh basil
(or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 x 400g tins good-quality plum tomatoes
Red wine vinegar (optional)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

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