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Classic Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce
Tomato Sauce

This is a classic and versatile recipe, I use it regularly and always make a double batch and freeze it in portions, as it makes a quick base sauce for so many other dinners.

Once you’ve made it you’ll never want to use a jar again.

Serves 8 -12 Gluten Free


  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • large bunch fresh basil
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 x 400g/14oz cans chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan or large frying pan,
  2. Fry the onion for 5 minutes, or until translucent and soft but not coloured.
  3. Add the garlic and finely chopped basil stalks and sizzle for one minute, again not allowing them to colour.
  4. Stir in the tomato purée.
  5. Tip in the chopped tomatoes, and sugar.
  6. Season with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
  7. Simmer slowly for 30 minutes until the sauce is rich and thick.
  8. Tear and stir in the basil leaves just before the end.

This can be frozen but should be used within a month.

For a creamy mascarpone and tomato sauce, add 1 tbsp of mascarpone cheese per person to the sauce and a little bit of the pasta water to thin it a little, Top with some Basil leaves and a generous grating of parmesan. Or fry off some meatballs and add to spaghetti for a quick and easy meal.

It’s just as good on it’s own on some pasta….

Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe Gin Fizz – Image Courtesy: bbc.co.uk

Now that my 2011 season Sloe Gin has been bottled and although it’s great just for sipping as a liqueur or as an aperitif or digestif, I’m always looking for interesting recipes to use it in.

This Sloe Gin Fizz is a delicious spin on the classic cocktail from Wayne Collins, a professional ‘Mixologist’ that has been on the BBC here in the UK for a couple of years, and is as good as it looks.

Serves 1, Gluten Free



  1. Fill a high-ball glass with ice
  2. Add the sloe gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice and stir well
  3. Top up with Cream Soda
  4. Garnish with a Blackberry and a sprig of mint and drink (responsibly)….


A definite for anyone’s Christmas Party Cocktail menu.