Whilst considering my tomato sauce recipe, I concluded that there is absolutely a need for two. I often make a chunkier, fresh tomato sauce (recipe coming soon) for pasta, but sometimes you need something a little simpler and a little quicker. So, for circumstances where you need a smoother sauce in minimal time, this recipe fits the bill.
Top tip – try to opt for a passata with a thicker consistency as this vastly shortens the cooking time making this super quick and easy. For this recipe, I used Aldi Passata which includes basil and oregano, and it also comes in a 700ml bottle. This means you have enough for a bigger batch or leftovers to use in a different recipe. All for around 89p!
You will need:
2 tbsp of tomato puree
1 onion (Red or brown)
1 red pepper
Dried oregano (if not combined in the passata)
Dried basil (if not combined in the passata)
Finely chop the onion and pepper. I like to use an electric chopper for both because it is easier and there is less onion impact on my sensitive eyes.
Spray a deep frying pan or large saucepan with Frylight and add 2-3 sprays of the garlic Frylight.
Add the chopped onion and pepper and fry till softened and translucent.
Add the passata, tomato paste, oregano, basil and sweetener.
Give it a gentle stir whilst it warms through and voila!
Taste the contents and season with salt and pepper.
Slimming World often focuses on chunkier sauces and soups as chunks of food have more filling power than those that are blitzed in a food processer. This is often why I opt for a slightly different sauce for pasta, bolognaise, ragu or moussaka, and it also means I can pack in some additional vegetables for speed food and texture. However, to reduce time, this sauce can be used as a pasta sauce or as a basis for a variety of other meals.
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