Heat a medium sized saucepan and fry the onion, mushroom and garlic until nice and soft. Mix in the chopped tomatoes. Allow the mixture to bubble away for about 10 minutes.
If using the cream add to the sauce now to enrich it. Adjust the seasoning and then reduce the heat to a very low heat and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Add the chopped basil and then puree the sauce in a food processor or blender. Serve as required.
Serving Suggestions: You can serve this sauce with any of the following: cooked chicken breasts; Use as a sauce on pizza bases, top with mozzarella for a delicious margarita; Serve over some delicious meatballs; Toss in some freshly cooked pasta and scatter with a little grated parmesan; Pour over roasted vegetables for a cheat’s ratatouille.
Basil can also go well with Lemon peel, Mandarin peel and Kumquat peel, Tea black, Peru dark chocolate and Uganda dark chocolate.