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Basil and garlic tomato sauce recipe

Basil and garlic tomato sauce recipe

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Whip up a delicious sauce with just your microwave. Passata is flavoured with garlic and basil, then cooked for 10 minutes. Serve with pasta or as a base for pizzas. See method

  • Makes 500ml
  • 10 mins
  • 65 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g passata
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp caster sugar​
  • ½ tsp crushed chillies (optional)
  • 15g basil, leaves picked and finely sliced, plus extra to serve

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    4g 6%
  • Saturates

    1g 3%
  • Sugars

    4g 5%
  • Salt

    0.3g 4%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 4.5g Protein 1.8g Fibre 1.5g


1. Stir all the ingredients together in a microwaveable bowl; season. Cover with a microwave-safe lid or plate, then microwave on high (750W) for 6 mins, stirring halfway. Leave uncovered to rest for 2 mins. Check for seasoning and serve, or leave to cool before chilling for up to 3 days or freezing for up to 3 months.

Serving suggestion: Use as a base for pizzas, stir into cooked pasta or use as a dip for garlic bread or pizza crusts. Alternatively, stir into roasted vegetables; or pour over chicken, top with grated cheese and bake until cooked.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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