Tomato and basil pasta sauce

Tomato and basil pasta sauce


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About this recipe: 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.

Carolyn S

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

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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