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Pasta With Tomato Sauce Mozzarella And Basil

If you think nothing beats home made tomato sauce, try our recipe. We have added mozzarella and basil to make our tomato sauce extra special.

Posted by: kim




15 - 30 mins

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You will need

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil More products
2 large onions, finely chopped More products
4 garlic cloves More products
400g fresh tomatoes, chopped OR

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1 400g tin chopped peeled tomatoes More products
about 4 tbsp tomato puree Available only in our Tollcross shop More products
quarter teaspoon coarse sea salt More products
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar, optional More products
5 bay leaves More products
a few sprigs fresh thyme

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250g spaghetti or pasta of your choice More products
250g mozzarella, drained - vegan used Available only in our Edinburgh shops More products
1 bunch fresh basil

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  • Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over a gentle heat.
  • Add the onions and fry gently, stirring frequently, until translucent.
  • They should be softened but not browned. Don't rush this stage - it should take about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for a further minute or so to gently soften.
  • Tip in the fresh or tinned tomatoes and the tomato puree and stir.
  • Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, sugar (if using), the bay leaf and thyme.
  • Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have reduced down to a thick sauce.
  • You may need to add a little water to prevent it from catching.
  • When the sauce has been simmering for 10-20 minutes, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook your pasta according to the packet instructions.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.
  • When the sauce is cooked, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • When you're ready to serve it, tear the mozzarella into chunks and add to the sauce.
  • Tear the basil leaves and add to the sauce, then turn off the heat from under the sauce.
  • Remove the bay leaf and thyme.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve.

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