Basic tomato and basil sauce

    1 hour 20 min

    This is a perfect sauce to use as a base. By making it yourself, you can control the amount of sugar and salt that is added. You can add a variety of other flavours to the finished sauce, just cooking for a few minutes to create a completely different dish.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 3 (400g) tins of chopped tomatoes
    • ½ teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
    • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
    • 1 bunch basil leaves, torn into small pieces
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently cook the onion and garlic until softened.
    2. Stir in the tomatoes, chilli flakes, balsamic vinegar and sugar.
    3. Bring to a simmer and cook slowly for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    4. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. This can be left chunky or blended in a food processor for a smooth sauce.
    5. Serve spooned over cooked pasta with plenty of Parmesan cheese.

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    Lovely sauce and adapted to my families needs. Thank you  -  15 Sep 2014