- Cooking Time: 45-60
- Servings: 6-8
- Preparation Time: 10
- 2 28-ounce cans plain tomato sauce
- 1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 shallots, peeled and diced
- 1-2 ounces (approximately 3 springs) fresh basil, chopped or minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- A pinch of powdered cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Warm the olive oil in a large pot. Add the diced peppers and shallots and saute until they begin to soften. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 45-90 minutes or until you have reached your desired consistency. Serve over your favorite pasta.
And while I'm sure grandma's sauce was tasty, I still can't bring myself to spend that much time on one dish. Maybe I'm not as old-fashioned as you might think! My mason jar collection and closet full of yarn could argue, but I digress.
Even though I have a pretty standard sauce recipe I rely on I do like mixing the ingredients up now and then. I made this "Summertime Sauce," with basil and green pepper, after being inspired by the season. It was really, very tasty and I think you should try it. Excellent for summertime, especially if you have home grown peppers or basil you can use!