Di’s Tomato basil sauce

Di’s Tomato basil sauce

tomato basil sauce 1

A great way to use all those extra tomatoes from your garden before they disintegrate on the kitchen bench or at the bottom of the fridge! This is a very tasty sauce with only a few ingredients. Serve over your favourite pasta or with a juicy steak. Add fresh chopped birds eye chilli during the cooking process if you like a bit of a kick.

Preparation time: 20 minutes     Cooking time: about 2 hours

Serves 4


1½ kilos ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and diced

¾ cup fresh basil, chopped

I large onion, diced very finely

3 cloves garlic, crushed

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy based pot and saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add the prepared tomatoes and ½ cup basil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, on medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
  3. Add sugar to the sauce, if using. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and continue cooking for 1½ hours or until sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove lid or partially cover if sauce has not thickened enough and continue cooking to desired consistency.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Stir through the remaining chopped basil just before serving.
  • No need to peel and deseed tomatoes if you don’t have the extra time this takes.
  • This sauce is great left chunky. If you prefer a smoother sauce feel free to blitz it.

One thought on “Di’s Tomato basil sauce

  1. Hi Di! Its Carly Vickers here. I love that you are doing this blog 🙂 I will follow keenly! I hope you and Steve are well! Much love from Paul and I xxx


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