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Creamy tomato sauce

A deliciously creamy tomato sauce that is perfect with pasta. My recipe is easy to make and is suitable for vegans.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Vegan
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast* optional
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • 1 vegetable stock cube or 1 tsp bouillon powder* optional
  • 250 ml single cream I use oat cream
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Add a chopped onion and fry over a low heat for around 10 minutes, or until soft.
  • Add 2 cloves crushed garlic and fry for a further minute.
  • Pour in your tin of chopped tomatoes and add 1 tbsp tomato purée, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (if using), 1 tsp dried oregano and 1 vegetable stock cube or 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder (if using).
  • Still well, then bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Stir occasionally to ensure that your stock cube breaks down.
  • Add 250ml cream, stir, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for five more minutes before serving.
  • If preferred you can blend the sauce at this stage but this isn’t essential.
  • Serve with pasta*.


  1. Nutritional yeast is a vegan ingredient that adds a cheesy or nutty flavour to cooking. It is often fortified with vitamins and is a useful ingredient for vegans to have in the store cupboard.
  2. If vegan check that your bouillon powder before proceeding.
  3. I usually cook 250g pasta for our family of five but you can amend this depending on the size and appetites of your family. 
Keyword creamy tomato pasta sauce, creamy tomato sauce, vegan pasta sauce
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