Everybody should have a great and quick tomato sauce recipe under their belt. It's great to add to pasta, pizza, beans, on chips or for the base of a fragrant curry or soup. It's easy and fast to make and will save you from buying salt laden and sometimes expensive jars from the store.
Ingredients 2 tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 bunch fresh basil
3 x 400 g good-quality diced tinned tomatoes
Pinch of sea salt
Bigger pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Place a large non-stick pot over a medium high heat and pour in the olive oil. Peal and finely chop the garlic then add it to the pot and stir until the garlic begins to colour.
Wash and tear the basil and add it to the pot along with the diced tomatoes and mush it with a wooden spoon.
Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. As soon as the sauce comes to the boil, remove the pot from the heat and strain the sauce through a coarse sieve. Use your wooden spoon to push any larger bits of tomato through. You should have basil and garlic left in the sieve - throw this away.
Pour the strained sauce back into the pot and bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer for 5 minutes.
The sauce is ready when it’s the perfect consistency to spread on a pizza or, in todays case, dollop over gnocchi.
Store the sauce in sterilised jars in the fridge for a week or so. Can also be frozen in batches. Depending on what you are using the sauce for, you may not want to strain it.