Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe

A basic tomato pasta sauce is perfect for many occasions

Tomato pasta sauce. Picture / Babiche Martens

A basic tomato pasta sauce is perfect for many occasions. Here, it makes a quick dinner with your favourite pasta and parmesan, or you could use it for the base of a vegetarian lasagne. Or perhaps dollop on a grilled chicken breast. This sauce is great to bag up and put into the freezer, ready for any occasion.

Makes 3 cups

Pasta Sauce
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 x 400g tins baby Roma tomatoes
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp each basil and thyme leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
4 cups cooked pasta
½ cup grated parmesan
Basil leaves to garnish

1. In a heavy-based pot, warm the oil. Add the onions and garlic. Cover and sweat for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice until translucent.

2. Add the tomatoes, balsamic, brown sugar, thyme and basil. Continue to cook over a low heat for 15-20 minutes until thick and flavoursome. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Serve with your favourite pasta, grated parmesan and fresh basil leaves.

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