I have not included any herbs in this recipe. You can add basil, or oregano, or omit them entirely. I find that herbs are one of those rather personal preferences. The dish is entirely edible without them. Likewise I have omitted garlic for the same reason. If you want garlic in, that is fine, just crush 2 garlic cloves and add along to the veg.
The recipe starts off well. The onion, celery carrot and bacon mix together and the fragrance is great. The one tablespoon of tomato puree lets the recipe down. It looks and tastes bland and flavourless. Towards the end I added more pure (170g in total) and I was lucky enough to have a 1/2 jar of bolognaise sauce and some garlic in the pantry, otherwise the meal would have been a disaster. With the few modifications, it was delicious. - 17 Jan 2014 (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)