Simple tomato sauce

Simple tomato sauce
Simple tomato sauce Photo: Marina Oliphant

From The Cook's Companion where there is greater detail of additions and variations.


500g ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and roughly sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


black pepper, freshly ground

handful basil or oregano leaves, optional


Tumble tomato, onion and garlic with oil and put into a saucepan (or spread in a baking dish into which mixture will fit without too much extra space).

Cook over a moderate heat for about 15 minutes, (or bake at 180C tightly covered with foil, for at least one hour until tomato has collapsed, skins are wrinkled and golden-brown, and juices are flowing).

When tomato and onion are soft, press everything through the coarsest disc of a food mill. Season to taste and add a handful of herbs if you wish.