Looking for the perfect, basic pasta sauce recipe? Then look no further, Helen’s tried and tested recipe has been cooked for many years and always goes down very well. Originally taught to her by her Italian mother-in-law, Helen has now got this Italian essential down to a fine art. This sauce is the perfect base for any tomato based recipes such as Bolognese, moussaka and chilli con carne – just add in anything you fancy!
- 1 carton of tomato passata
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 medium onion diced
- Sprinkle of sugar
- Rapeseed oil
- We also add a little mince meat (optional)
- Garlic clove (optional)
- Cherry tomatoes (optional)
Heat some rapeseed oil in a large pan
Add the diced onion to the pan and lightly fry (be careful not to overcook)
Pop the diced carrot in as well as some salt & pepper
Add in the garlic if you are using
Once all the veg is starting to soften add in the mince meat if using
Add in the carton of passata to the pan
If you are using cherry tomatoes add these in
On a low heat allow the sauce to bubble away for 3hrs +
Add in a sprinkling of sugar
You will start to see a dark red oil appear at the top of the sauce this is the sauce becoming richer and tastier!
Once the sauce has been bubbling away for 3hrs add to your favourite pasta and enjoy!