Pasta Sauce Recipe

This simple tomato and basil pasta sauce can be adapted to make a delicious bolognaise or a fiery chilli with the addition of a few extra ingredients.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 15-20 mins


  • A clove of garlic, crushed
  • A medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • A small handful of fresh basil (A tbsp of dried basil is just as good!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry the garlic, onion, celery and carrot in a little vegetable oil until softened.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, and stir in the basil if using dried.
  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Add the chopped fresh basil just before serving. Season to taste.
  4. Pour over pasta to serve and garnish with fresh basil.
  5. To make a bolognaise sauce, add beef mince to the pan and fry until brown before adding the tomatoes.
  6. To make a chilli, add 1 tsp of chilli powder and a tin of kidney beans to the pan with the chopped tomatoes. Serve with rice or nachos.

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