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Home-made tomato and basil sauce

Updated on December 20, 2011

a delicious home made sauce to accompany pasta

One of the simplest and, in my opinion, best pasta sauces is a quick and tasty tomato and basil sauce. Cooking time is only around 20 minutes, and if you have a glut of fresh tomatoes in the garden this is a great way to make good use of them.


  • 1 lb (500 grams) of fresh tomatoes (any variety will do, but large ripe red juicy tomatoes, beef tomatoes or plum tomatoes are the most suitable)
  • Half an onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil, or 2 teaspoons of dried basil if fresh is unavailable
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Finely chop the onion and garlic and saute in a non-stick saucepan until golden brown
  • Skin the tomatoes by scalding in boiling water to loosen the skins, then chop finely
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, basil and seasoning to the pan and bring to the boil
  • turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce is the correct consistency to suit your needs - the longer you cook it the thicker the sauce will become
  • Serve over cooked pasta, with a little grated cheese on top for a quick, delicious and healthy supper!

This sauce can easily be made in larger quantities, and will keep for a couple of days if refrigerated, or up to 12 months if frozen. This basic sauce is also very versatile - if you are feeling adventurous you can spice it up with some fresh chillis, add other cooked vegetables, or if cooked for longer and made a little thicker, it can be pureed to make a great pizza sauce.


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    • LadyLyell profile image


      6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I will be making this sauce in a large quantity to freeze as I am forever paying high prices for the bottled sauce. It will be more convenient to have it frozen so always on hand too. We love our pastas!

      Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      Delicious. There is nothing better than the home made version. I shall book mark this and will definitely add it to my stock of recipes. Voting up, thank you.

    • plinka profile image


      7 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      I love simple meals, they are usually much healthier than complicated and sophisticated ones. I usually use bay leaves and not basil in tomato sauce, but this version sounds good as well.

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    • texasgirlfw profile image


      7 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I am going to try it.


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