Rich Tomato Sauce

Linda McCartney
Serves Serves 6
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  • Prep time 10 mins
  • Cook time 25 mins
  • Ready time 35 mins

A tasty and versatile tomato sauce which goes well with pasta, bean burgers, grilled vegetables, vegetarian sausages or steamed long grain rice.

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  • 1 ½ kilos ripe tomatoes, peeled, or 2 cans of plum tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Cut fresh or canned tomatoes into small cubes. Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste, then the herbs. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently, for approx 25 minutes. Add a little water if it gets too thick. Season with salt and pepper to taste.