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Alan Coxon shares his foolproof recipe for classic tomato sauce. Use it as a pasta sauce or base for pasta or to add oomph to casseroles and stews.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, roughly chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 240g tinned tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • ¼ teaspoon caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon torn basil leaves


  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a heavy based pan, add the onions and sweat off for 2-3 minutes.

  • 2.

    Add the garlic, cook for a further 2-3 minutes, add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Turn down the heat and cook gently for 6-7 minutes. Cool slightly then blitz.

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