HOW TO MAKE AN EASY TOMATO SAUCE
2 tbsp oil, ideally olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely grated or crushed
1 tbsp tomato puree
400g tin chopped tomatoes
½ tsp dried oregano, basil or mixed herbs
½ tsp caster sugar
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon. Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more.
Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs and sugar and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Stir in a splash of water to loosen the sauce, if needed, and season to taste.
You can use this pasta sauce to suit your taste.
For a spicy pasta sauce, add 1–2 pinches of dried chilli flakes with the tomatoes.
For a creamy tomato sauce, stir in 2–3 tablespoons of single or double cream, crème fraîche, soft cheese or mascarpone at the end of the cooking time and heat through gently.
For a meaty flavour, fry chopped bacon, sausage, chorizo, salami or ham when cooking the onion. Or add at the end if you need to keep some of the sauce vegetarian.
We put olive oil in a frying pan and cooked chopped chicken thighs, mushrooms, peppers and some diced cucumber, (left over from salad but tastes good fried) and combined this with our sauce mix and some cooked pasta. Tasty ! !
Plated up and enjoyed yesterday for our evening meal.