marisa mariella

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Tomato Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course dinner, sauces
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 servings


  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes optional
  • 5 cups passata or tomato puree
  • 2- 3 spring fresh basil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 - 3 cups cooked chickpeas salted


  • Prepare the Tomato Sauce:
  • In a large saucepan, lightly heat oil. Add the garlic, oregano, and chili flakes and stir. Cook until the garlic softens and begins to change colour. Do not brown the garlic or it will burn. (If you prefer, you can slice the garlic, cook in the oil, and then remove after it has softened.)
  • Carefully add the passata.
  • Stir in salt and add basil. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium.
  • Allow to simmer, stirring often for about 45 minutes. The sauce is cooked when it has reduced by about one-third and thickened. Taste and adjust salt if needed.