A homemade tomato sauce really couldn't be simpler to prepare – all you need is a finely chopped onion, a little garlic and a tin of cherry tomatoes. A squeeze of tomato purée, a pinch of dried herbs and a splash of balsamic or red wine vinegar later, and you've got yourself a tasty sauce that can be used in everything from lasagnes to fish dishes.
And of course, nothing beats a big bowl of tomato pasta at the end of a long day, eh?
Shopping lists at the ready – these are our favourite tomato sauce-based dishes for easy brunches, lunches and breakfasts...
Perhaps the simplest way of serving that tomato sauce – with spaghetti! This low-fuss dish will go down well with the whole family.
spicy tomato shakshuka
This popular brunch dish starts with the humble tomato sauce. Sliced peppers are a delicious addition, and this beauty is spot on for a crowd, serving 4 people generously.
Add lentils and frozen veg to a batch of your tomato sauce, and you're half way to creating this impressive low-fat lasagne! Serve it up with a dressed green salad for dinner perfection.
Creamy tomato baked aubergine
Ideal as a veggie main, this creamy baked aubergine is best served with salad and crusty bread to mop up that rich tomato sauce.
Tomato sauce is a margherita pizza-must. Throw on some mozzarella and fresh basil for this absolute family favourite, and dinner is served!