This is the quickest and simplest tomato sauce recipe I have ever tried. And it is absolutely delicious!
Makes around ½ litre/500ml (enough for 4 persons).
4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
Fresh basil (one bunch) – pick the leaves from the bunch
3 tins of Italian plum tomatoes (400g per tin)
Glug of red wine (optional)
Salt and black pepper
Add a generous glug of olive oil to a pan, heat and add the garlic. Once the garlic starts to colour, add the tomatoes, basil, bay leaf and a good splash of red wine (the wine is optional but I find that it adds an extra dimension to the taste).
Using a wooden spoon, press and squash the tomatoes and other ingredients. This should be done whilst the sauce is heating.
Add plenty of salt and pepper to season.
Once the pan comes to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, continuing to squash the tomatoes to push out all of the juice.
Next, empty the contents through a sieve into a suitable container so you are left with a smooth sauce. Return the strained sauce to the empty pan, reheat and simmer for another 15-30 minutes.
And that’s it! A brilliant, quick and simple tomato sauce. Enjoy!