A very useful home-made tomato sauce recipe

This recipe is fantastic to have in the fridge throughout the week.  It is incredibly versatile and can be used for anything.  It’s way healthier than the bought versions and of course, much cheaper.

We use it as a base for so many meals: bolognaise, any pasta sauces, pizza sauce, meatball sauce and so on.


1 bottle of passata (sieved tomatoes)
2 cloves minced garlic
Herbs, chopped, of your choice
1 tspn sugar
1tbspn olive oil
2 tbspns of water


  1. Throw all the ingredients together in one heavy bottomed pan (they make the world go around don’t you know)
  2. Put on high heat until it starts spluttering, turn it down to moderate heat and let it spit and carry on for about 20 minutes.
  3. The sauce will greatly reduce (and will make a right, royal mess of your stove.   It’s entirely worth it and if you wipe up the splatters straight away it’s fine).

Use straight away as a pizza or pasta sauce or pour back into the original passata bottle and stick back in the fridge ready for the next  “Muuuuum, I’m HUNGRY!”


  1. Dani Avery says:

    delicious! thanks for getting me out of the ‘bbq chicken’ fix it dinner on a sunday night, we enjoyed pizza instead, substituted the passata for 2 x tins diced tomatoes, whizzed with a stick blender after it had reduced – delish!

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