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Yesterday I was absolutely shattered! I had spent the previous day at Blog On at MSI in Manchester (more of that to follow) and whilst me head was full of ideas my body wasn’t playing. I wrote up our menu plan for this week and a shopping list then went to the supermarket – but after that I was done.

But I needed to cook dinner for 6.

Fortunately we all love pasta so I made a really simple and tasty pasta sauce that cost very little and took no time at all.

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You will need:

  • 2 large onions
  • a splash of oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic (more if you fancy)
  • a good squidge of tomato puree
  • 3 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • basil

I peeled the onions and chopped them into 6 pieces. Nothing fancy. And then I gently fried them on low until they were soft and starting to catch on the edges. This way they get all sweet and delicious. Then I crushed the garlic and added it, stirred it around for a few seconds until I could smell it – then removed the pan from the heat and tipped it into the blender.

Once it was smooth (and it WILL look quite unattractive at this stage) I returned it to the pan and added the tomato puree. Whilst that was warming, I added two of the tins of tomatoes to the blender then added them to the pan.

Finally I tipped the final tin of tomatoes into the blender with the basil, whizzed and poured that into the pan.


See! Super easy!

Whilst the sauce was heating – and reducing – I cooked the pasta, drained it and poured the sauce over.

I served it with a generous handful of grated cheese and a side salad (a bag of pre prepared salad with some cherry tomatoes thrown in).


What are your quick and easy family favourites? I’d love to know how you feed your family in a hurry…