Perfect Tomato sauce

Silvana Franco makes the perfect classic tomato sauce.

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Tags: tomato, tomato sauce,

Recipe -


  • 2kg fresh tomatoes or 3 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, bashed to split the skins
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 1–2 tsp soft brown sugar


  1. If using fresh tomatoes, chop them roughly and simmer for 20 minutes; liquidise and sieve. Return to the pan with the other ingredients except the basil and sugar.
  2. If using tinned tomatoes, put everything but the basil and sugar in a pan. Break up the tomatoes with your hands.
  3. Either way, bring the pan to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.
  4. Thirty minutes into cooking, add the basil. Taste the sauce; if it is tart, add 1–2 tsp sugar. Season and continue cooking until the sauce is thick. Remove the basil and garlic. Cool, then store in the fridge.

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 41.84kJ
Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0.1g
Sugars 1.0g
Salt trace

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