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Home-made tomato sauce

Justin doesn’t normally get involved with the Thursday recipes – well, apart from taking the photos! However, this week, he’s actually done the cooking too. Don’t worry though, you’re in safe hands – as he was a chef for about 15 years before re-inventing himself as Mr H is for Home – and he does most of the savoury dishes in our household anyway.

We mentioned this lovely all-purpose Tomato Sauce in last week’s pizza post. Most people list tinned tomatoes in their store cupboard essentials, but we always have batches of this home-made tomato sauce in the fridge or freezer.

It’s quick – only taking about an hour – and very straightforward too.

It’s so flexible. The addition of ground black pepper and Parmesan makes for a simple yet delicious pasta sauce. It also provides the base for a myriad of other recipes. You can add all sorts of ingredients to it for some wonderful dishes – meatballs, chicken, fish, olives, roasted aubergines & peppers to name but a few. If you reduce it down and concentrate it a little further it makes the perfect tomato sauce for pizza topping. The recipe can be scaled up to suit requirements. You can also tweek quantities to suit your own taste – more garlicky, more olive oily etc… and add other herbs if you like too.

We make up a batch of home-made tomato sauce every few weeks and put a couple of two-portion containers into the freezer – ready to grab as required.

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Home-made tomato sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  2. 6-8 tbsps olive oil
  3. 6 cloves garlic
  4. 1 tbsp tomato pureé
  5. 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  6. bunch fresh basil
  7. salt
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Instructions
  1. Put the olive oil in a thick bottomed pan with the chopped garlic
  2. Gently heat until the garlic starts to colour
  3. Add tomato pureé, tinned tomatoes, torn basil leaves, salt and sugar
  4. Simmer very gently for approximately 1 hour
  5. Remove from the heat and strain.
  6. Put through a second, finer sieve for an even smoother consistency
Notes
  1. Quantities of ingredients such as the olive oil and garlic can be adjusted according to strength preference
  2. Other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, thyme and parsley can also be added if desired
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