Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curryOK, so you HAVE to make this pasta sauce!

It’s not at all fancy pants.

BUT it IS stupidly easy AND crazily cheap.

AND it’s crammed full of look-after-your-heart veggies, you can hide from your kids.

AND, the biggest AND of all! …

… if you make a humungous pot of it, and freeze it in small portions, you’ve got the basis for a zillion and one family meals.

Bolognese, chilli con carne, chilli without carne, curry, lasagna, stew, cottage pie, calzones etc etc etc – they all need a great tomato sauce base.

And this make-once-a-month beauty takes only 10 minutes tops rough chopping and involves absolutely NO peeling or straining or other faffing!

Ingredients

I make with 5 tins of chopped tomatoes, which is the most I can fit in my Le Creuset but you could use more. For each can of tomatoes I add:

  • a ripe pepper – aim for a mix of colours
  • a couple of very ripe tomatoes
  • an onion – a mix of ordinary & red good
  • a big fat clove of garlic
  • a couple of tablespoons of olive oil

 

1. Rough Chop Peppers

Rough chop a pepper – any colour – for each tin of tomatoes you plan to add.

I buy very ripe, slightly bruised ones going dirt cheap at our greengrocers.

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

2. Rough Chop Tomatoes

Chop into big chunks a couple of ripe tomatoes for each can of tomatoes.

Again I buy cheap battered ones that taste better for being properly ripe!

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

 

3. Rough Chop Onions

Rough chop a mix of ordinary and red onions, one for each can of tomatoes.

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

4. Stir Up In A Big Roasting Tin

Stir everything up in the biggest roasting tin you’ve got – or split across several – with a tablespoon or so of olive oil per can of tomatoes.

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

5. Shove In The Oven For An Hour

Shove roasting tin in a pre-heated oven for an hour-ish stirring occasionally. Put it in at whatever temperature you need oven on for other stuff you’re cooking. Just stir a bit more and cook for less time if oven hot. Half way through add but don’t stir in some squidged – skin on – cloves of garlic.

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

 

6. Add Tins Of Tomatoes

Once vegetables all nicely roasted with some black edges, pick out garlic and transfer to a heavy stove top pan (or to a slow cooker) and add your tins of tomatoes. Simmer gently without a lid for an hour-ish to thicken.

Pasta sauce - easiest ever, super healthy, bulk cook pasta sauce you can use in everything from spag bol to curry

7. Freeze And Relax

Now just cool a little and freeze in small batches (for quick defrosting) and sit back and relax – glass of red in hand, smug in the knowledge you have a freezer full of seriously healthy, seriously cheap ready to go meals!!

P.S. Blitz For Picky Eaters

If your veg phobic kids – I have one! – will baulk at all those chunks of veg, just blitz the defrosted sauce, or their helping of it, with a hand blender.

And if you’re short on a good hand blender try this truly amazing one I have from Braun – it cost less than 15 quid and having tested and broken a load of other blenders, I can’t recommend it enough. You can buy it here.