Everyone needs a good recipe for simple tomato sauce for pasta – this is mine. Made with fresh tomatoes and perfect for summer.
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.
Some people like to skin the tomatoes before cooking. Personally I think that life is too short for such things – if you would like to however here is how Delia does it.
How to make simple tomato sauce for pasta using fresh tomatoes:
Simple tomato sauce for pasta
- 1 kg ripe tomatoes roughly chopped
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tbsp finely chopped basil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp sugar optional
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.