When it comes to prepping and cooking healthy meals for the week ahead, I’m always on the hunt for easy recipes I can whip up in less than 30 minutes. Even better is when these meals are budget-friendly too. So, you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Knorr’s new Tomato Base Dry Cook-in-Sauce.

As a vegetarian, I love the versatility of a tomato-based sauce because I can combine it with a variety of different ingredients to make a delicious, healthy lunch or dinner. (I often use tomato-based sauces for breakfast or brunch too because there’s nothing better than an omelette with a drizzle of fresh tomato sauce and herbs).

This Knorr Tomato Base Dry Cook-in Sauce is also super tasty because it’s infused with garlic and herbs as well as bay leaves and a bunch of spices, such as paprika, chilli and nutmeg. In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to use it in three easy recipes this week.


Besides the occasional piece of cake, one of my biggest ‘guilty pleasures’ is pizza. But not just any pizza, I love a thin crust pizza with a crunchy base and tasty toppings (vegetarian of course). I’m proud to say that I’ve finally mastered the art of making a delicious homemade vegetarian pizza just the way I like it. And luckily, my family enjoy it too – which means we rarely get take-out pizzas on weekends. Although I could add any vegetarian toppings I like (such as olives, avocado etc.) the Caprese combination of fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella is a real winner for me.

And thanks to the Knorr Tomato Base Dry Cook-in-Sauce, (which really enhances the flavour of the tomato base) this pizza is even more delicious.



4 ready-made pizza bases (Woolworths has some great ones. If you’re looking for gluten-free or low carb bases, Jackson’s Real Food Market stocks a wide variety)

Tomato – base sauce

  • 400g chopped tomatoes (can use canned)
  • ½ sachet Knorr Tomato Base Dry Cook-in-Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 small handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp brown sugar (or stevia)
  • Salt

Caprese toppings

  • A few slices fresh buffalo mozzarella (to cover the base of the pizza)
  • Handful of rosa tomatoes (washed and sliced)
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves (basil has an intense flavour so use as much or as little as you like)
  • Around 5 Tbsp basil pesto

Preparation (to make the sauce)

  1. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a medium-sized saucepan and once it heats up, add the crushed garlic and oregano.
  2. Fry for a minute and then add the balsamic vinegar, fresh parsley and fresh basil.
  3. Fry for a minute or two, then add ½ sachet Knorr Tomato Base Dry Cook-in-Sauce and the can of chopped tomatoes with ½ tsp sugar and pinch of salt. If the sauce is too thick, add 100ml water to the mix.
  4. Stir everything together and simmer for 7-8 minutes stirring occasionally, turn off the heat and check for seasoning.

NOTE: This sauce needs to be reduced quite a bit so that it’s thick enough to use as a pizza base. If it’s too runny, the pizza base will be soggy.

Preparation (for the toppings)

  1. Once you’ve made the tomato sauce, use a flat spoon to cover the entire base of the pizza.
  2. Then simply add your toppings, starting with the buffalo mozzarella, then add the rosa tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and a few dollops of basil pesto.
  3. Bake the pizzas in the oven at 180°C for around 7-10 minutes until the base is crispy and the cheese has melted fully.


If you have a lot of sauce leftover, why not use it for other meals? That way you avoid food wastage and save money.

This week, I enjoyed the delicious sauce with my favourite fusilli pasta (so quick and easy!) and I also added it to a baked potato (which I cooked in my Air Fryer at 150°C for 20 minutes) and had for lunch the following day. For extra flavour, I added some more basil pesto to the tomato sauce and I sprinkled the pasta and the baked potato with grated mozzarella.

So there you have it… three budget-friendly, delicious meals with just one sauce!

September 10, 2018 — Lisa Raleigh
Tags: Nutrition