Rustic passata is one of my favourite ingredients. It’s crushed tomatoes, so somewhere between a tin of chopped tomatoes and smooth passata. I don’t like smooth passata: too slimy! If you can’t find the rustic variety then roughly blitz a tin of tomatoes in a food processor.
I use rustic passata as a ready made, oil free tomato sauce. Simply season and toss through pasta, or add to sauté veg for a chunky vegetable and tomato sauce. Add a drained tin of beans or lentils to your chunky vegetable and tomato sauce, and you have yourself a very quick bolognese. Add some spices (think ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika) and you have a quick curry. So as you can see, it’s a very useful thing to have in the cupboard!