Yellow Sticker Bargain - Homemade Tomato Sauce

This yellow sticker purchased was tomato based. I picked up 5 packs of tomatoes from my local supermarket, for 6p per pack, with the intention of making a homemade tomato sauce.

I make this sauce fairly often as I have a daughter who is having to follow a gluten, sugar and dairy free diet, and that's hard to cater for, and luckily this sauce ticks all the boxes!

It's a very simple recipe to follow, just a couple of steps and you have a yummy sauce ready to go..

Give the tomatoes a good wash, especially if a yellow sticker deal, to be sure they are all clean and making it easy to see any tomatoes that may not be of a high standard, which can be removed.

Chop up a couple of onions and lay on a baking tray. Add garlic and any fresh herbs you mat have. I managed to pick up a couple of packs of basil for 7p a pack and so used them, plus had yellow sticker onions as well, so made use of them.

Lay the tomatoes on top of the onions and herbs, sprinkle over any dried herbs you may have, a sprinkle of salt and a splash of oil if you have some.

Roast the tomatoes on a medium heat oven for around 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes have wrinkled up and the juices have built up in the bottom of the tray.

Scrape the tomato mixture into a saucepan, ready for blending. If you don't have a hand blender, then you can use a food processor for this task.

Blend the tomato mixture until the sauce is of a smooth consistency, and the large chunks of vegetables have been broken down

At this point you have a homemade sauce, ready to go. In this recipe I've used the whole tomato, including the skin and seeds.

Much of this will have been broken down in the cooking and blending process, and will result in a chunkier sauce. Not everyone likes a chunkier sauce and if so, using a sieve, you can strain the sauce into a another bowl, or pan, using a ladle, or spoon to push the mixture through the sieve. This will remove the skin and seeds and leave you with a smooth tomato sauce.

Once strained, if you have chosen to do this step, give the sauce a taste. Chances are it's going to need to have additional seasoning added, such as salt and pepper, so add this at this step.

The sauce is now ready. This can be used immediately, in the way you would normally make use of a tomato sauce, such as with pasta. It also makes a lovely soup as well, it's very versatile.

This sauce is also suitable for freezing. Freeze in family, or individual size portions, in freezer bags or containers, and will last up to a year in your freezer.

My cost for this was as follows:

5x Pack of yellow sticker tomatoes = 35p

2x Yellow sticker onions = 10p

2x Packs of yellow sticker basil = 14p

1x Yellow sticker head of garlic = 5p

Dried herbs & oil = 20p

Total ingredient cost = £0.84p

This made around 2 litres of sauce, which is around 10 portions, and so worked out at around 9p per portion.

The final cost will differ depending on what price you have paid for your ingredients, as you may not always be lucky enough to make the entire dish with yellow sticker bargains.