Basic tomato sauce


Preparation info

  • Makes about

    6 portions

    • Difficulty


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By Signe Johansen

Published 2018

  • About

Here’s recipe that may be classified as ‘basic’, but believe me, it’s nothing of the kind. A homemade tomato sauce is very much worth your time, and can be seasoned exactly how you like.


  • 1.2 kg San Marzano tomatoes (available fresh during summer, otherwise look for the DOP label on tins – you’ll need 3 x 400 g tins for this batch)


If you’re using fresh tomatoes, place them in a heatproof bowl large enough to accommodate them and pour enough boiling water over the top to cover the tomatoes. Leave them for a couple of minutes, then drain and make an incision at the top of each. Peel away the skins (or skip this step if you don’t mind skin in the sauce).

Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole over a low-mediu