Salsa di pomodoro (basic tomato sauce)

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Serves: 6

By Lovefoodsurrey



  • 480g chopped tomato or 700g of passata

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced

  • 1 small onion finely chopped

  • 1 handful Parmesan grated, to serve

  • 1 handful fresh basil (or dried)


  1. Heat the olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Cook until they are golden and then add the tomatoes.
  2. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  3. Stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it sticking to the pan. Cook some pasta in a large saucepan until al dente then add the pasta to the sauce, and season with basil and salt and pepper.

Handy Hint

Why not try:

Frying some leftover vegetables or chicken in some olive oil and adding them to the tomato sauce.
Pouring the sauce over fish or meatballs.
Frying finely chopped rashers of bacon in some olive oil. Add the bacon along with a couple of mugs of frozen peas to the sauce, heating until the peas are cooked.
Adding some finely chopped cheese and ham to the sauce.

All the above suggestions are delicious served with pasta.
This sauce can be cooked and used straight away, stored in the fridge for another meal or even frozen to use at a later date.

Additional Information

  • tomato

  • Make Ahead

  • Kids can help

  • Pasta

  • Low fat

  • sauce

  • Vegetarian

  • Nut Free

  • italian

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