Tasty Tuesday… Tomato Sauce…

February 5, 2013

Everyone needs to make this sauce, you will never buy ready-made pasta sauce again!

This recipe is from the Square Food Foundation from the pasta course I did last year, I highly recommend it for the basics!

You need; (for two)
½ large onion, finely chopped
1 fat clove of garlic, minced
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
sprig or two of thyme
1 bay leaf
olive oil
salt and pepper 
a little sugar

I absolutely love making this… the smells from the start will make your mouth water…


1. Using a heavy saucepan, sweat the onions in a little olive oil until soft. Then add the leaves from the sprig of thyme and add to the onions along with the bay leaf. Next add the garlic, stir briefly and cook a little longer. Finally add the tomato puree, stir and cook a little longer.

2. Add the tinned tomatoes and bring to a gentle simmer. Add about 1tsp of salt and some black pepper.
For this sauce to be its best you need to cook this sauce for perhaps 3 or 4 hours on a very low heat. I mean very low!
However I have from time to time made it and cooked for a little over 30 minutes and it’s still great, not quite as good but still worth it.

3. Taste the sauce and add a pinch of sugar if it is particularly sharp; sometimes tinned tomatoes need a little extra sweetness.
To stop it sticking, you will not only have to stir it occasionally but also, until the final half hour, add a little water every so often to prevent it getting too thick and reduced before it has had the time to become sweet and concentrated in flavour.


The finished sauce should be dark red, silky textured and delicious. 

It can be used as a base for pizza or a spaghetti sauce or with meatballs. I had some with some shop bought ravioli last night and it was delicious.


A staple for sure… I plan on making a bit pot this weekend and cooking it for hours for my fridge.


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