Classic tomato sauce

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  • Serves: 4

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Learn how to make a classic tomato sauce using passata, garlic, herbs and red wine for richness. Once you've mastered this simple recipe, you'll be able to use it in so many ways, as a simple pasta sauce or as a base for ragu, or as a meatball sauce taht you can mop up with crusty bread. It's full of flavour and by making it yourself, it means you know exactly what's in it, with no additives


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 680g passata
  • 1 large glass red wine
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano, or basil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp caster sugar


  1. Heat oil and garlic in a deep frying pan. Add passata and red wine and bring to the boil.
  2. Stir in the oregano, vinegar and sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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