Simple homemade tomato sauce

I crowned this simple homemade tomato sauce as one of my favourite essential recipes. I love it because it's quick, easy to make and tasty too. That's exactly what you need to make a nutritious meal when in hurry.

Since the day I’ve tried this simple, quick homemade tomato sauce I fell in love with it and I’ve never gone back to having pasta with ketchup or one of those expensive readymade sauces that they sell in supermarkets.

This sauce can be made within 30 minutes. It’s perfect when you need to make a quick dinner from scratch and you don’t want to compromise on taste. It’s also good to freeze so you can save yourself some cooking next time.

During weekdays, as much as I enjoy cooking, I prefer having things done quickly. With two children, afternoons and evenings are hectic and busy. That’s why I’m always looking for an easy and preferably quick meal to cook. So on those busy occasions, I often make pasta with grated parmesan and this excellent tomato sauce.

Once you make this lovely sweet and tangy sauce you can either leave it how it is, with small chunks of soft tomatoes and caramelised onion or you can blend it to create a smooth texture that will add a different dimension to your pasta.

It can also help with a fussy child alias my younger boy. He barely eats any vegetables, so he doesn’t like the sauce when it’s left with pieces of tomatoes but he loves it with his pasta when I blend it.

Make sure you time your steps and you’ll be ready to serve the meal to your hungry family within 40 minutes (you can aim for 30 minutes if you are fast like Jamie Oliver).

To begin with, I cut and fry onion and garlic. Next, I add tomatoes, sugar and salt to the pan and I leave the sauce to cook. At this point, I bring water to boil in a second pot, add pasta in and let it cook for 12 minutes. While I’m waiting, I grate the cheese. Once the sauce is reduced and it has a thicker consistency,  the pasta should be almost done. I strain it and gently combine it with the sauce and grated parmesan. You don’t have to mix the cheese in, just sprinkle it on top with a few leaves of fresh basil.

When I want to alter the basic recipe and make the sauce taste different I add 2 big tablespoons of cream cheese (I usually use Philadelphia because it’s always in our fridge but if you want to make it more indulgent, you can add mascarpone instead ) and blend it. This little step adds to the sauce rich creamy taste.

I can’t even tell you how excellent this tomato sauce recipe is. It’s perfect not only for pasta but it’s great to use on pizza too. It’s an essential base for my bolognese sauce, lasagne and chilli con carne or even for a curry. With just a few small twists and a couple of additional ingredients, you can create quite a few variations. I’m planning to talk about some of those alterations soon.

Simple homemade tomato sauce

I crowned this simple homemade tomato sauce as one of my favourite essential recipes. I love it because it's quick, easy to make and tasty too. That's exactly what you need to make a nutritious meal when in hurry.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Lea

Ingredients

  • 1 tin peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic /we love garlic so we add even more
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar /or replace with caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion and slice the garlic. 

  2. Heat the oil in the pan and fry onion and garlic. 

  3. Once the onion and garlic have some colour add tomatoes and sugar and season with salt. You can pre-cut the tomatoes before adding them to the pan but I break them and mush them with a wooden spoon once they are cooking.

  4. Let it reduce. You can leave it slightly thinner for pasta but make it thicker if making a sauce for pizza.

Recipe Notes

Double the recipe and freeze what is left, save yourself the work next time.    

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