Tomato sauce

Let's make tomato sauce

Prep time
5 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes

1 medium onion

1 clove of garlic

1 tsp oil

400g (large) tin chopped tomatoes

Small handful of fresh basil or a big pinch of dried herbs

Chopping board


Saucepan or frying pan

Wooden spoon

Tin opener


Tomato sauce

Peel and slice the onion in half, then chop each half into small pieces. Peel the garlic clove and chop it into very small pieces.

Chopping onion

Heat the oil in a saucepan or frying pan. Add the chopped onion, cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

frying onions

Add the tomatoes and stir well. If using fresh basil, tear or chop the leaves into small pieces. Add the basil or dried herbs to the mixture in the pan. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

This sauce can be used to create all sorts of delicious family meals.

tomato sauce
Serving suggestions
  • The sauce can be served on its own with some cooked spaghetti or pasta shapes
  • To make a creamy tomato sauce for babies over 6 months old and for children, serve the adult portions first, then add 2 teaspoons of cream cheese to the tomato sauce and stir before serving
  • Keep cooled leftover sauce in the fridge for up to 2 days; reheat it in a pan until piping hot all the way through
  • Make double the amount and freeze some
Top tips
  • Children can help by tearing up the basil leaves
  • Grow herbs on a windowsill, involving children with sowing and watering the seeds
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