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Simple Tomato Sauce

This is my simple tomato sauce that I use all the time. It's easy to adapt this for many variations for use on pasta or vegetables. Portions for pasta are 70 grams if you are not very hungry and 100 grams if you are.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Courses
Cuisine Sauces & Stocks
Servings 4 sauce for 4 portions of pasta


  • 400 grams whole Italian plum tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 400 grams tins/tetra pack/bottle passsata (pasteurized tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tbsp sugar level
  • 2 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper generous


  • If your using whole canned plum tomatoes, place them in a bowl with their liquid and crush with your hands
  • Heat a frying pan on a medium heat. Pour in the oil and gently saute the onions until translucent (until they loose their color), then add the garlic and saute for a minute more taking care that the garlic does not burn.
  • Put in the bay leaf and fresh parsley, and/or basil, saute for a minute to help release the flavors from the spices.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, bring to a simmer and cover.
  • Cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn down the heat if you need to.
  • If the plum tomatoes were too watery, remove the lid, increase the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes more to evaporate any excess water and thicken the sauce. If the sauce is too thick use a little warm water to thin it.


I never understand why anyone would buy prepared tomato sauce. It has to be a total hatred of oneself. All of the brands I have tried are really poorly done, too sweet and basically disgusting in texture and flavor. Not to mention the things that have to be added to thicken them and keep them for years at a time on store shelves.
They are expensive as one jar is usually only enough for 2 - 3 portions of pasta and cost between 30 and 40 kronor a bottle. Use this recipe and it should not cost more than 20 kronor even with a good brand of Italian tomatoes.
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Try to always buy the best quality imported Italian canned whole plum tomatoes that you can, it always pays off in the end product. If you like a more chunky sauce buy whole tomatoes and crush them yourself, even though they will cost slightly more. Manufacturers tend to pack the better tomatoes whole and the not so desirable ones as crushed tomatoes and then charge a kronor or 2 less per can so you think your getting a bargain.
If you don't know what Passata is! It's pureed tomatoes with the seeds and skin removed. It's super thick and usually is thinned with a little water when you cook with it. It comes in jars, cans and tetra packs.
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