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A Base To Conquer All!!

Published Tuesday, 01 November, 2011 by Louise

Cherry tomato and basil base



  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • Good quality olive oil


1. Put the cherry tomatoes into a saucepan on medium heat and add a generous glug of olive oil

2. Finely chop garlic and add to the pot

3. Pick a small handful of basil leaves and add

4. Season with salt and pepper

5. Wait

6. After approx. 10 minutes the tomatoes will have burst, forming a rich sauce

7. Use as a base to whatever you like and add a sprig of basil for decoration

This goes well as a pasta sauce, on bruschetta (or toast), with brown rice, or as a base on pizza, in casseroles- I can't think of anything that wouldn't work. As an example I stirred in 3 tablespoons of brown rice, some cooked tiger prawns and a handful of spinach leaves. Just chuck in whatever veg and meat you have in your fridge!

Variations include adding a dash of wine, frying a little chorizo with the tomatoes, or stirring in a little cream off the heat to turn into cream of tomato soup.

NB Using cherry tomatoes opposed to normal tomatoes and using good olive oil opposed to any other makes a big difference and you can tell exactly when the sauce is ready. It's healthy, cheap and unbelievably simple! Works fine in the oven too.


  • Jess Camp 5 years ago

    Love it and it smells so good when it's cooking

  • Tom 7 years ago

    Red wine in this will do so much for it. If you've got remains in a red wine bottle, put them in an ice cube tray then fire them into your pan when cooking, couldn't be easier..

  • Katy,mollie,jessiand elli 7 years ago

    Can we add sour cream?

  • Class 6 7 years ago

    I think this recipe is not very good as it does not saay the amounts or tell you how many people it serves,whereas it was yummy and didn't cost much!

  • charlie 7 years ago

    great soup, awsome recipe. thanks

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