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Fresh tomato sauce

Image of fresh tomato sauce in a jar with tomatoes in the background and a serving spoon
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 120 minutes
Serves: 16
Image of fresh tomato sauce in a jar with tomatoes in the background and a serving spoon
  • 1 serve of vegetables per 1/4 cup
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1/3 cup olive oil
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely diced
1kg ripe tomatoes, diced
4 bay leaves
1 handful basil, chopped
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sugar
Pinch of salt

Savvy swaps

You can swap:

Fresh basil
1 tsp dried basil



Step 1
In a large pot, heat the oil and add the garlic and onion and fry until translucent.

Step 2
Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, basil and paprika. Stir well and bring to the boil.

Step 3
Reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 2 hours until the sauce has thickened.

Step 4
Remove from the heat. Cool, remove the bay leaves and transfer into airtight containers.

Step 5
Allow the sauce to sit in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours to allow the flavours to develop.

Makes 1 L

Serving suggestions:

  • Cook your favourite pasta, add the tomato sauce and serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese. 
  • Use on toast, as a pizza sauce or in a wrap or roll. 




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