Classic tomato sauce recipe

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  • Dairy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Nut-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian







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


  • Heat oil and garlic in a deep frying pan. Add passata and red wine and bring to the boil.

  • Stir in the oregano, vinegar and sugar and simmer for 10 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.

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