Simple Tomato Sauce

Simple Tomato Sauce

Serves 2-4, Costs 60p

A simple tomato sauce can be the basis of so much good food. And this one is easy, inexpensive and delicious. Put seafood in it and serve it over jacket potatoes. Add minced beef and red kidney beans and you’ve got chilli con carne. Blitz it to make the best-tasting pizza topping ever. And it’s even great, served just as it is, with some pasta and a sprinkle of cheese.


  • 1 400g Tin Chopped Tomatoes (or half a dozen chopped fresh ones)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 1 chilli (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of sugar
  • A teaspoon of vinegar
  • A pinch of dried herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Chop the onion and chilli, grate the carrot and crush the garlic. Put the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion, bay leaf, carrot, garlic and chilli and fry until soft.
2. Add the tomatoes, herbs, sugar and vinegar and cook over a low heat – the longer the better. Add water if needed, to keep it moist.
Taste it, add salt and pepper. Remove the bay leaf. Serve.

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