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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Simple homemade tomato sauce

Continuing on my health kick this simple tomato sauce is not only low fat but good for you, simple, delicious and versatile.

This sauce can be used as a pasta sauce or a meat or fish sauce. 

You can make home made tomato sauces from tinned tomatoes and passata but this recipe uses fresh tomatoes, any variety you can get. 

Here's how to make the basic sauce:-

Crush or finely chop 4-5 cloves of garlic

Thinly chop one large red onion 
Chop approx 10 med sized tomatoes 
(double if baby or small plum) 

Throw it all into a large pan

Fry off on medium heat (no oil required) 

Keep stirring so the tomatoes do not burn. 
Add plenty of salt and pepper

Add 1 1/4 pint of boiling water 
(it will reduce) 

Add stock cube (chicken, fish or veg)

2 teaspoons of tomato purée 

Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer without a lid!  Simmer for an hour (less if you are in a rush) keep topping up with water if it becomes to dry (remember its a sauce)  

If the sauce is too thin add more purée and increase the heat for a short while whilst stirring.


Add a handful of fresh basil at the end
Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of chili flakes  

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