Simple Tomato & Basil Sauce

A versatile sauce ideal for batch cooking recipes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp Very Lazy chopped garlic
  • 1 small handful fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp Very Lazy chopped chilli
  • 400 g plum tomatoes (one tin)
  • salt & pepper to season


  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Fry the garlic for a minute or two, stirring regularly. Be careful not to burn it.

  2. Roughly chop the basil and add to the frying pan. Add the chilli and fry for a further a minute.

  3. Add the plum tomatoes to the pan, bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cover with a lid. Continue to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Stir into cooked pasta or risotto rice. If you prefer a smoother sauce, blend before stirring in.