A basic tomato sauce is such a quick and inexpensive meal to make. A staple in my house. I always keep tins of chopped tomatoes or passata ready in my cupboards especially for this.
Just pan fry an onion and a few garlic cloves (finely chopped) in a bit of olive oil, add a tin of chopped tomatoes or passata, a bit of water, some dried herbs of your choice (oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil), salt, black pepper and simmer until the tomatoes break down.
And it’s such a versatile dish. You can basically throw whatever you want into it. I love adding chicken and olives. And it doesn’t have to be eaten with pasta. I often have this with rice instead, but it also goes well with mashed potatoes, maize ‘couscous’ or even just poured as a sauce over grilled chicken breasts.
- 1 onion
- Garlic cloves (a few)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes or passata
- 200 ml water
- Herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, etc)
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper (optional)