Basic tomato pasta sauce

    30 min

    Fresh tomatoes, onion, tomato purée and olive oil make this basic pasta sauce. It great for any use - as a base for Spaghetti Bolognese, as a pizza topping, or with fried breaded chicken or aubergine slices.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato purée
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook onion in olive oil until translucent. Stir in tomatoes, cook until juice begins to thicken. Stir in tomato purée, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes more, until rich and thick.


    Find yourself with an abundance of tomatoes? Make several batches of this basic sauce and then freeze in meal-size portions!

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    Something else. I added a small handful of mushrooms and one red pepper. I also added 1 tsp of dried basil and 1 tsp dried oregano.  -  22 Sep 2010


    Used different ingredients. This is a great sauce. I found it to be missing a bit of richness, so I added 225ml of chicken stock and let it reduce down, I also added some fresh basil right before serving. I served the sauce over spaghetti with homemade meatballs. The result was fantastic!  -  15 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. used a tin of plum tomato's and also added a very small dash of tabasco  -  21 Jun 2010