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Basic tomato sauce

Points® value
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
15 min
4 hr 5 min
You can’t beat traditional Italian tomato sauce and this slow cooked variation is one of the best! This sauce is a terrific base for your favourite pastas or with pan-fried chicken.


Olive oil

1 tbs

Brown onion

2 medium, chopped


4 clove(s), chopped


3000 g, ripe

Tomato paste

¼ cup(s), (60g)

Dried basil

1 tsp

Dried oregano

1 tsp


  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic, string, for 5 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a 4.5 litre (18-cup) slow cooker.
  2. Meanwhile, cut tomatoes in half crossways. Scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Roughly chop tomatoes, discarding the cores.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil and oregano to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook, covered, on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours). Stir once halfway through cooking.
  4. Cool mixture slightly. Process sauce with a stick blender or food processer, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Use or cool before storing.


TIP: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.