Basic rustic tomato sauce

July 13, 2014 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Basic rustic tomato sauce

Basic rustic tomato sauce

Serves: Makes enough for 4 – 5 large pizzas
Cooking Time: 30 mins


  • 45ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh oregano leaves
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 3 x 410g tins whole peeled tomatoes
  • 5ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.


Add the onion and garlic and fry until slightly golden, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the basil, oregano, rosemary, tomatoes and sugar. Mash the tomatoes slightly with a fork.


Season well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sauce has reduced and the flavours have concentrated, about 25 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.


For those who prefer a sauce with a bit of a bite, add 5ml (1 tsp) dried chilli flakes to the sauce during the cooking process.

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