Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

Great, cheap and easy pasta sauce for any pasta, can also be used as a base for lasagne, or any tomato pasta sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. use half the oil and gently fry garlic do not let it brown.
  2. add the tomatoes, dried basil, bay leaf, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and sugar (this recipe needs between 1/2 - 1 tsp salt to bring out the flavours of the tomatoes.
  3. bring to the boil and gently simmer for 20 mins, add the tomato puree and the rest of the oil and simmer for a further 15 mins until the mixture has reduced.
  4. If using fresh basil roughly chop and add now.
  5. Serve with pasta with grated parmasan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Variations - button mushrooms, black olives can be added.


Most Helpful

Good basic tomato sauce. Made it as stated. Since it was too much for one meal for us I put some in the freezer and a couple of days later we ate it again and then I added more fried onions and mushrooms. Yes, definitely a good basic sauce to which there are lots of things that could be added. Thanks for posting.

Chef Dudo May 14, 2010

Very tasty! I took Syd's advice and drained 1 can of tomatoes. Loved the fresh basil in this. I served with Recipe #418080 over bow tie pasta. Made for Spring 2010 PAC.

Outta Here April 21, 2010

Although I did make a couple of small changes here, I don't think anything was dramatic ~ I did drain one of the cans of tomatoes so that there was less liquid in the sauce, & I also cut the olive oil back to 4 tablesppons! Other than those changes, though I used all the ingredients & the resulting sauce was most satisfying over spaghetti! Thanks for sharing your recipe! [Made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current round of Pick A Chef]

Sydney Mike April 18, 2010

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