Homemade tomato pasta sauce with basil

Homemade tomato pasta sauce with basil

Making your own spaghetti sauce is really easy – and it tastes just as good as ones you buy in a jar!

By , 21 September 2015
Homemade tomato pasta sauce with basil
  • Ready in: 30 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • Price: 45p per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 268g serving contains
  • Energy 1022KJ 244 KCAL
  • Fat low
    6.7 g
  • Saturates low
  • Sugars low
  • Salt low
of your 5-a-day
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 381kJ/91kcal.
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, plus extra leaves for serving
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper
  • 300g dried spaghetti
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Peel the clove of garlic and crush it onto a chopping board.

  • Pick the basil leaves off the stem. Throw the stems away. Wash the leaves. Pat dry with kitchen paper and put to one side.

  • On a low heat, gently heat the oil in the pan. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute to soften. Keep stirring with the wooden spoon so it doesn't burn.

  • Stir in tomato puree. After 1 minute, add tomatoes, vinegar and 2 grinds of black pepper. Stir. Increase heat so the sauce gently simmers. Turn down and cook for 20 minutes.

  • Heat a large pan of water until boiling. Add the spaghetti, stir and return to the boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes. Carefully drain in a colander over a large bowl.

  • Tear the basil leaves into small pieces. Add to the sauce with a pinch of sugar. Cook for a further 2 minutes.

  • Put the cooked spaghetti into individual bowls. Top each one with sauce and sprinkle over a few basil leaves.