Basic Tomato Sauce

David Massey goes back to basics with a cornerstone of the Italian, or any, kitchen
By David Massey
Basic Tomato Sauce
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 banana shallot, finely chopped
  • basil
  • 2x400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently fry the garlic and shallot until slightly browned.

2. Add a few basil leaves and then pour in the tomatoes. Stir and cook gently for 30-40 minutes, until reduced to a thick sauce.

3. Season with salt and pepper, and toss in the remaining basil leaves.

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