This pasta sauce is so easy to make & the best part is that you can adapt it to make it completely different! I have made it three variations but with a little imagination you can add your own twists!
Makes approx 500ml of basic tomato sauce at approx 96p
Prep time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes
TOMATO & BASIL
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp tomato puree
salt & pepper
1 tsp sugar
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion for 5 minutes then add the garlic & cook for another minute before adding the basil. Continue to cook until the onion is soft.
Stir in the tomato puree & cook for another minute.
Pour in the tinned tomatoes & 50ml of water. Stir well & allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the sugar & season with salt & pepper.
Simmer on low-medium heat for about 30 minutes or until thickened & reduced. Check the seasoning while it's cooking.
Remove from the heat & allow to cool before whizzing until smooth in a blender or in the pan with a stick blender.
Store in a sterilised jar & place in the fridge for 3-4 days or you can freeze it. Just allow to cool completely, place in a zip top freezer bag & pop in the freezer for about one month.
TOMATO & BLACK OLIVE
Follow the recipe as above adding 65g of chopped black olives after the tomato puree.
TOMATO & ANCHOVY
Again, follow the recipe above but add 1 tin of drained & chopped anchovies to the onion & garlic before the tomato puree.
To use just heat gently in a saucepan & add to your favourite pasta!