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May
2013
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A true kitchen hero

I’m not sure about you, but pasta is a huge part of my diet. You’re probably thinking my Italian roots have something to do with that, and as much as this may be true, there’s also a convenience aspect with pasta that can’t be beaten. There are few other foods you can whip up so quickly that will result in a delicious, healthy, filling meal at such a low cost. Some of you may disagree with that last point, and if you buy jars of ready-prepared pasta sauces, you’re unlikely to be singing the praises of pasta as an economical way for you and your family to eat. But this can change with a few simple ingredients and a mere 10 minutes of your time.

I’ve been asked to post this recipe by friends, family and readers of Wine and Olives for quite some time, but I’ve always dismissed it as it almost seems too simple. But that’s part of the beauty of it. My recipe for tomato and basil pasta sauce, using By Sainsbury’s Tomato Passata as the base product, is the definition of a kitchen hero. Once you know how to make this sauce, you’ll never buy a jar of sauce again.

Tomato and basil sauce

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 500g carton of By Sainsbury’s Tomato Passata
  • Half a tablespoon of By Sainsbury’s Dried Oregano
  • A pinch of sugar
  • By Sainsbury’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  1. Heat a pan and add a glug of live oil when your pan is hot, to stop the oil from burning. Add your onions and garlic and sauté until the onions have softened. This will only take a few minutes.
  2. Pour the passata into the pan with the onion and garlic, and add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes. Now add the dried oregano and stir well. Bring the sauce to the boil and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer the sauce for two minutes and throw in your basil. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for a further two minutes and then your sauce will be ready to serve.

This sauce works great with pasta or as a base sauce for you to get creative. Whether you like chicken, prawns, tuna or would like to use it to make bolognese, this sauce is truly versatile. However you decide to personalise this sauce, I’m pretty sure once you’ve tried it, you won’t be going back to buying jars again.

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    • chiara

      Thanks Sooae!

  • http://thebittersideofsweet.com Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    We have pasta four or five time a week. The simplest pasta sauces are the best!

  • http://thebittersideofsweet.com Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    We have pasta four or five time a week. The simplest pasta sauces are the best!

  • chiara

    You’re right Nancy, the simplest is always the best!

  • http://edinburgheats.co.uk Katey

    This is lovely – I can’t stand pasta sauce in a jar. Perfect dinner time staple recipe!

  • http://edinburgheats.co.uk Katey

    This is lovely – I can’t stand pasta sauce in a jar. Perfect dinner time staple recipe!

  • chiara

    Thanks Katey . I totally agree, I’m really not a fan of jars of sauce.

  • chiara

    Thanks Katey . I totally agree, I’m really not a fan of jars of sauce.

  • http://www.toadandfeather.com Charlotte

    Just thought I’d let you know that I made this pasta sauce recipe the other day! It was delicious – thank you.

    • chiara

      Thanks Charlotte! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  • http://www.toadandfeather.com Charlotte

    Just thought I’d let you know that I made this pasta sauce recipe the other day! It was delicious – thank you.

  • chiara

    Thanks Sooae!