Simple tomato sauce

Simple tomato sauce photo

We grew two tomato plants in our garden this summer. Things my children enjoyed about this: digging, planting, getting covered in mud, watching the tomatoes grow and ripen and picking the ripe tomatoes. Eating them however was a different story. Neither of them has ever been willing to even smell a tomato, let alone eat one!

With this simple tomato sauce however they both enjoyed the fruits of our hard work in the garden without a single complaint. We used this for pasta sauce but you could also add extra water or stock and turn it into soup or blend it up and use it as a pizza topping.

Ingredients (serves two adults and two children with pasta)
1kg ripe tomatoes
The juice of one lemon
2 tbsp finely chopped basil
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sugar

Put all the ingredients into a large pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes with the lid on.

Remove the lid, give everything a good stir, and cook for a further 20 minutes, leaving the lid off, until the sauce has thickened.

Add salt and pepper to taste.