A basic tomato sauce doesn't just make for a deliciously simple pasta topping: it's also the start of a recipe book full of awesome dishes.

Finely chop a large onion and four gloves of garlic, chuck them in a pan with a glut of olive oil and cook down until the onions are soft.

Then just throw in a tin of good-quality chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper and bongo, you've got four people's-worth of red brilliant.

Take it to the next level by throwing some meat and veg in the mix. One sauce, infinite possibilities...

BOLOGNAISE

Meat: Beef mince
Bonus: Carrot
Serve with: Spaghetti
Drink up: Camden Hells Lager

CHILLI CON CARNE

Meat: Beef mince
Bonus: Kidney beans
Serve with: Tortilla chips
Drink up: Shot of Mezcal

JALFREZI

Meat: Diced chicken
Bonus: Spice mix
Serve with: Basmati rice
Drink up: Ticketybrew Pale Ale

YOU'LL FIND TICKETYBREW PALE ALE IN OUR BEER CLUB CASE

RATATOUILLE

Meat: None
Bonus: Courgette, peppers, aubergine
Serve with: French baguette
Drink up: Large glass of Shiraz

MOROCCAN TAGINE

Meat: Cubed lamb
Bonus: Root vegetables
Serve with: Couscous
Drink up: Large glass of Sauvignon Blanc

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