Basic tomato sauce

Need a quick, basic tomato sauce? Look no further. This one is tasty enough to serve simply on pasta, but unobtrusive enough to blend seamlessly into something fancier. A moussaka for instance. Or pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce.

Three minutes prep then leave it to simmer. Bob’s your uncle.

This makes 2-4 servings, I’d say. When we had it as part of pasta with roasted vegetables and tomato sauce, it was plenty for two adults, a small person, and a dollop for my lunch the next day 🙂

spaghetti with basic tomato sauce

Basic tomato sauce
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
233 calories
25 g
0 g
14 g
5 g
2 g
495 g
25 g
14 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
495g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233
Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 25mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
67%
Vitamin C
103%
Calcium
7%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 small onion
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  2. Peel and crush the garlic.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan over a low-medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for a minute or two to soften.
  4. Add the tomatoes and the vinegar. Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  5. Turn down the heat and cook, partly covered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the tomatoes are cooked through - around 20 minutes.
  6. Serve!
Notes
  1. This recipe can be doubled or tripled, and any spare sauce can be frozen for future use.
  2. You can add herbs or spices if desired. Half a tsp of smoked paprika gives a lovely smokey sweetness, and a tsp of mixed herbs or herbs de Provence adds a Mediterranean taste. Fry with the onions and garlic to bring out the flavour.
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calories
233
fat
14g
protein
5g
carbs
25g
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