Friday, 3 June 2016

Lily's Classic Tomato and Basil Sauce

I am yet to come across someone who doesn't love a bowl of spaghetti and freshly made tomato sauce...while we might often reach for the jar from the supermarket, I firmly believe that making your own is miles better not just in terms of its flavour and freshness, but also in saving a few pennies- this for example cost roughly €1.50 as opposed to a €3.50 pre-made jar. Click here to see my video of the beautiful fresh food market Marché Forville in Cannes, and how I like to make my tomato sauce!

-5 servings-

1 clove of garlic (grated)
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of dried basil
2 carrots (grated)
3 fresh tomatoes (roughly chopped)
1 jar of tomato passata (446ml roughly)
a handful of fresh basil
salt & pepper


Fry the garlic with a good glug of oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan with the dried herbs.

Stir for 2 minutes until it begins to smell wonderful, but watch it like a hawk to prevent it from burning!

Remember that you can always add a splash of water to cool the pan down.

Add the tomatoes and carrots and soften for 3 minutes.

Pour in the passata and 1/2 a jar of water.

Season with salt and pepper and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Blitz with the fresh basil until beautifully smooth and serve with spaghetti or rice for a perfectly simple weekday supper.

Marche Forville, Cannes

Marche Forville, Cannes

Flowers at the Marche Forville, South of France

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