Sunday, 5 February 2012

Basic Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is a simple tomato based pasta sauce that you can use on pasta, in lasagne or in a pasta bake.

Basic Tomato Pasta Sauce (serves 4)


2 cans of crushed tomatoes or a large jar of pasta sauce
1 large jar tomato paste
1 large onion, chopped
2 Tbls olive oil
1-2 Tbls mixed herbs
2-4 cloves garlic (crushed)
2 tsp sugar
salt & pepper to taste
Vegetables of your choice (I used olives, mushrooms and english spinach)


In a large frying pan or saucepan heat olive oil and onions on a medium heat until the onion is transparent.
Add garlic and fry for 1 minute.
Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.
In the tomato paste jar add 1/2 jar hot water, screw lid on tight and shake water to mix in extra tomato paste.
Add mixture to saucepan.
Add herbs, sugar, salt and pepper.
Add vegetables and leave for a few minutes to heat through.
Leave saucepan on a low heat until ready to serve.
If mixture is too bitter add more sugar, if too sweet add more salt.

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