Cooking on a student budget can often mean a diet of instant noodles, especially if you lack confidence in the kitchen. But what if you could whip up a healthy sauce with almost no cooking skills needed, at less than 50p a time?
All you need is some chopped tomatoes, an onion and balsamic vinegar – plus whatever herbs you have kicking around your kitchen, to whip up TOTUM’s three ingredient tomato sauce. Don’t forget you can grab your ingredients with 10% TOTUM discount at Co-op if you don’t have them already!
Basic recipe (serves two)
- 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 onion, finely diced
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp oil (optional)
- Garlic granules (optional)
- Mixed herbs (optional)
- Paprika (optional)
Fry the diced onions on a low-medium heat, either in the oil or a splash of water, until soft and golden. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 30 seconds, before stirring in the chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper (as well as any additional herbs). Bring to a boil, and then simmer. Voila! The longer you leave this to simmer, the more flavour the sauce will have - we recommend cooking for at least 15 minutes.
Now you have the basic sauce, a hearty meal is just a few ingredients away. The Italian-inspired ingredients work perfectly with pasta and a little parmesan for a light lunch; or pair with protein for a meal that will keep you full for hours – perfect for fuelling you through any late-night studying sessions. Lentils and chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians and are very affordable (not to mention tasty). We recommend cooking your protein, along with a little veg, in separate pan and then stirring in to the sauce while it simmers.
While a simple dish at heart, TOTUM’s three-ingredient sauce also makes a good base for Bolognese or lasagne – just add in mince, beef stock, oregano and basil and serve up with some crusty garlic bread for the perfect winter meal.
Now you’ve mastered a savoury sauce, why not try your hand at something sweet? We’ve shared our favourite mug cake recipes – just stir the ingredients together into a mug and microwave for a Mary Berry worthy dessert in minutes.