Hot Chilli Tomato Sauce

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Serves6-8 people
Vegans

This is a vibrant (and hot) sauce to whip up a couple of days before Christmas. Brilliant drizzled over slices of glazed squash. Or anything else in arm’s reach.

Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • A splash of olive oil
  • A pinch of chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Demerara sugar
  • A 400g tin of whole plum tomatoes
  • A 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 15 mins

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Method

1. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Finely chop the chilli – flick out the seeds and white bits for a milder flavour. Finely grate the zest from the lemon. Juice it.
2. Warm a splash of olive oil in a pan. Add the garlic and chilli. Stir and cook for 1 min. Add a pinch of chilli, the lemon zest, 1 tbsp Demerara sugar, both tins of tomatoes and the bay leaf. Season.
3. Cover. Bring to the boil. Turn the heat down. Simmer for 5-10 mins till the sauce is a little thicker. Stir every so often while the sauce cooks, squishing the tomatoes against the side of the pan.
4. Add a splash of lemon juice. Taste. Add more salt, pepper, chilli powder or lemon juice if you think it needs it. Serve warm with the Roast Stuffed Squashes.
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