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Tomato sauce

This tomato sauce will bring any rice, pasta or flatbread recipe to life. It has a sweet and herby flavour, which makes it a delicious condiment. Easy to make and requires very few ingredients and little time.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Tags catalan, sauce, sofrito, spanish, tomato
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Silvia Sampere


  • 500 grams plain tomato sauce or grated 5 unskinned tomatoes
  • 2 medium white onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp sugar or any other sweetener


  1. Set a large non-stick pan to medium heat then pour the olive oil.

  2. Finely chop or grate the onions and crush the garlic cloves. Add the onions to the pan, mix until well coated.

  3. When the onions have softened and are slightly transparent, add the garlic. Bring the heat to low and cook for 3 minutes

  4. Add the tomato sauce or chopped/grated tomatoes. Add sugar then stir well. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 20 mins.

  5. Uncover, add dried basil and adjust flavour with salt and pepper. Stir well and let it simmer for 2 mins with the heat turned off.