Tomato Sauce

Making your own tomato based sauce is easy and far healthier than the tin / jar varieties.
Everyone has their favourite recipe and this is mine - I’ve been making it for my kids since they were little and they still love it! The recipe is a great way to get fussy kids (and adults!) to eat more vegetables and is very versatile, you can add other vegetables if you have them in the fridge – aubergines and courgette work well or add some red lentils to boost the fibre and protein content.

SERVES 4

 

Ingredients

  • 2 Red Onions chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper chopped
  • 2 Sticks of Celery chopped
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 3 Cloves crushed Garlic
  • 1 tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2 tsp Mixed Herbs (fresh basil works well too)

Method

1. Heat a little olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions for 5 – 10 mins until they are soft, then add the garlic and cook for a further minute.

2. Add the rest of the vegetables, herbs, tins of tomatoes and tomato puree and bring to a boil.

3. Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 - 40 mins, if the sauce starts to get too thick add some water.

4. Use a hand blender and ‘whizz’ the sauce in the pan until it is completely smooth.

 

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