Three easy pasta sauce recipes

16 March 2017

Gousto, the subscription meal box experts, share their super easy sauce recipes to transform a mundane meal to a midweek masterpiece.



You needn’t have a Michelin star or be an expert in the kitchen to produce restaurant quality food. A good sauce works for all manner of meals and here Gousto share their top three – and they couldn’t be more simple.

The classic tomato sauce

The most versatile of all the sauces, works well with pretty much everything – and not a jar in sight!

Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 table spoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 125g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to season

Method

1. Heat a pot with a drizzle of olive oil over a medium heat.

2. Once hot, add the diced red onion with a generous pinch of salt and cook for 5 min or until the onion has softened slightly but not coloured.

3. Once softened, add the chopped garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

4. Add the tomato paste, dried oregano and 1 tsp of sugar and cook for 30 seconds.

5. Add the chopped tomatoes, a splash of water and the red wine vinegar, reduce the heat to medium low and cook for 10 min until a thick tomato sauce remains.

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Béchamel sauce on pasta

The basic béchamel

Despite only having a few ingredients many are put off by making a béchamel due to horror stories of lumpy sauces. The key to this sauce is to keep on stirring and don’t stop until you’ve removed it from the heat.

Serves: 4
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Try this easy béchamel sauce

Easy pesto sauce

Quick and easy pesto

This sauce packs and punch and is the quickest of the bunch. Use a mini blender to speed up this recipe even more so, or if you decide to add in pine nuts.

Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
Serves: 2

  • 40g fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 80g hard Italian cheese such as parmesan
  • 2-3 table spoons of olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 30g toasted pine nuts (optional)

Method:

1. Add the chopped garlic and basil to a mortar and grind them into a coarse paste with the pestle.

2. Grate the cheese directly into the mortar and continue to grind together to make a paste.

3. Drizzle over enough extra virgin olive oil to loosen the mix and add a squeeze of lemon juice.

4. Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper – this is your fresh pesto.

Or put all of the ingredients into a mini blender with your toasted pine nuts and hey pesto!

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