The most versatile sauce

I use this sauce for most things: pasta, meatballs, Shepherd’s pie, on fish… I vary it slightly but it is super tasty and very simple:


  • 4 tbsp Tomato paste
  • Can of tomatoes (not needed for Shepherd’s pie) 
  • 1tbsp American mustard
  • 2tbsp BBQ sauce
  • Crumbled Oxo cube (for Shepherd’s pie, I add cube to hot water)
  • Half a cup of water if it’s getting goopy
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Italian herbs/paprika
  • Dash of oil


  • Heat oil, salt, pepper & seasoning in large frying pan. (Medium heat)
  • Add tomato paste and stir rapidly
  • Add can of tomatoes (or boiling water with oxo cube) and stir 
  • Add mustard and bbq sauce and stir until well blended
  • Crumble in an Oxo cube (ignore if you already used Oxo in step 3)
  • Simmer and stir until it is a nice thick sauce, packed with flavour.

    It’s great with meatballs as the sauce picks up that gorgeous meatball flavour and gets little chunks of meatballs, too!


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