Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce Photo: Tim Elwin

Basic Tomato Sauce
Photo: Tim Elwin

The basis for many a good dish, this sauce will be a staple in your house. A quick pasta sauce for the kids or the beginnings of a spicy arrabiata, a perfect pizza sauce. You can use it straight away or freeze in batches for months ready and waiting for some fresh herbs to be added. 

 Makes just over 1.5 cups


  • 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Small Clove Garlic, Grated
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar


Add all the ingredients into a small pot and simmer on a low to medium heat for around 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and simply add whichever fresh herbs you want for the dish such as parsley, basil, chives, coriander or mint otherwise refrigerate for up to 5 days until needed or freeze for up to 3 months.

© Tim Elwin 2012