It’s a cold and snowy day here in Chicago, which is the perfect weather to stay home and test recipes! So many of my days are spent in the kitchen cooking and baking. Because of the chill in the air, I am making my FAVORITE sauce, Home-Style Tuscan Tomato Sauce.
I’m going to serve it over roasted baby brussels sprouts with big shavings of Parmesan cheese, perfect for a hearty but healthy dinner. This particular sauce is bursting with fresh vegetables, basil and cinnamon, which adds a bit of “warmth” to the overall taste. ENJOY!
Home-Style Rustic Tomato Sauce
Ingredients (makes 8 cups)
San Marzano Tomatoes – 3 (28-ounce) cans, crushed
Yellow Onion – 1 small, ¼-inch diced
Red Onion – 1 small, ¼-inch diced
Yellow Bell Pepper – 1 small, ¼-inch diced
Red Bell Pepper – 1 small, ¼-inch diced
Garlic – 6 cloves, minced
Kosher Salt – 2 teaspoons
Black Pepper – 2 teaspoons
Olive Oil – 2 tablespoons
Butter – 1 tablespoon, unsalted
Cinnamon – ⅛ teaspoon
Basil – 2 cups, freshly chopped
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot.
Add the onions, red and yellow bell peppers, salt, and black pepper to the hot pan and sauté over medium heat until translucent, or about 8 to 10 minutes.
Next, add the garlic and cinnamon and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes and basil and simmer uncovered on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.