Tomato sauce for pasta

This is a delicious and versatile sauce for mixing through pasta, or using as a base for other dishes such as bolognese. I usually make a huge batch with 2 or 3 tins of chopped tomatoes. You can even make is spicy by adding a chopped red chilli or a sprinkle of chilli flakes during cooking. It freezes well.

Ideal as a base sauce for SW Syn Free Pizza !


Low calorie cooking spray
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato purée
10g fresh basil, chopped (or dried oregano/Italian style herbs)
A splash of balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp sweetener (optional)

Bung in a few chopped cherry tomatoes. If you gave them sitting in your fridge.

Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 10 minutes, adding a little water if it starts to stick.

Stir in the garlic, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, balsamic vinegar and 100ml water, and simmer for 15 minutes or until thickened.

Stir through the basil/dried herbs and season to taste, adding a little sweetener if you like.

Serve stirred into your favourite pasta (add a little Parmesan if the Syn police aren’t watching)

Tip: I sometimes remove the skins from a couple of low fat sausages and sizzle the broken up sausage meat along with some chopped bacon before adding the sauce and stirring through cooked pasta, delicious hot or cold in a lunchbox !

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