Tomato and basil pasta sauce

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    1 hour

    A delicious and fresh tasting pasta sauce. The fresh basil added at the end is essential. This sauce can be left chunky (which I prefer) or blended in a food processor to a smooth sauce. Serve over pasta with plenty of Parmesan cheese.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 (400g) tins tomatoes, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes, or to taste
    • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 30g basil leaves, torn into pieces
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir the tomatoes, red chilli flakes, vinegar and sugar into the onion and garlic mixture; bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the flavors blend to your liking, 45 to 60 minutes. Stir the basil into the sauce; season with salt and pepper.
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    I just made this and it was amazing! I only prepared for 2 servings, and kept all of the ingredients in the same proportions, only with 3 differences: -added 3/4oz cream cheese during simmer -substituted white vinegar for balsamic -used crush basil during simmer, topping with fresh basil upon serving RIDICULOUSLY TASTY, and very simple too  -  02 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    37

    Excellent sauce... I used fresh tomatoes (8 romas) as I avoid all canned goods due to high sodium counts. I doubled the red pepper flakes and halved the sugar but left the rest the way as stated. Once done cooking and before adding the basil, I used my immersion blender to thicken it up with the chopped tomatoes/onions. Excellent served over any pasta. Have made this once already and forgot to review Good stuff! thanks for the recipe!  -  17 Mar 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    35

    Good, fresh recipe. Make sure you use good quality balsamic vinegar. If you do not have fresh basil, add dried basil when the tomatoes and other ingredients are added. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Allow to simmer for at least an hour for full flavor.  -  12 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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