How to make a Tomato sauce

In this video, Andrea makes a simple tomato sauce that you can use right away or freeze for later. It's a great option to have in your freezer when you don't feel like cooking but still want a hot meal.

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1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1/2 tube tomato puree

1/2 tbsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1.5 tsp brown sugar

1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp chilli flakes


Slow cooker or Large saucepan with lid

Wooden spoon or alternative (stirring)

Measuring spoons

Tin opener (if needed)

Knife and a chopping board

Blender (optional)


1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.  

2. Place both in your slow cooker or saucepan.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and oil to the slow cooker. 

4. Stir everything together well. 

5. Place the lid on the slow cooker or saucepan.

  • In a slow cooker, you want to cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours
  • In a saucepan, cook on low for 30min to an hour. Stir occasionally.

6. You can blend this if you prefer a smooth sauce. 

Freezing guidelines

After freezing, use within 3 months. It's a good idea to add a date on your container so you know when you made it.

Nutritional information

This recipe contains approximately 172kcal per 111g serving.

It contains 14% of your daily recommended intake of fat and 1% of your salt.

If you'd like to read more about the nutritional content of this recipe, you can download a full workup here.

Dysphagia guidance:

If the sauce has small lumps visible within the food and the lumps are no bigger than 4mm in size this could be suitable for a IDDSI Level 5 Minced and Moist Consistency diet.

It is safest to test Minced & Moist food using the IDDSI Fork Drip Test and the IDDSI Spoon Tilt Test. You can find out more on this IDDSI information sheet.

It is a good idea to seek advice from your speech and language therapist about the consistency of the other ingredients you include with the sauce, i.e. pasta, gnocchi, etc.

This recipe was adapted using this recipe from Budget Bytes