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Herbed Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

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Category: Sauces, Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tb Olive oil
  • 1 md Red onion; chopped
  • 1 md Bell pepper; chopped
  • 2 Or 3 garlic cloves; minced
  • 3 md Carrots; chopped
  • 1/2 lb Mushrooms; coarsely chopped
  • 8 c Chopped fresh seeded
  • -- tomatoes
  • -or-
  • 28 oz Canned tomatoes
  • 1 ts Aniseed; crushed
  • 1 Bay leaf; broken
  • 1/4 c Dry red wine
  • 1/4 c Fresh oregano; chopped
  • 1/4 c Fresh basil; chopped
  • 1/4 c Italian parsley; chopped
  • 2 tb Lemon balm; chopped


Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic and carrots in olive oil in a 4-qt.
saucepan until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes). Add mushrooms and
continue cooking 2 or 3 minutes more.

Add tomatoes, bay leaf, aniseed and wine. Simmer, uncovered, stirring
occasionally, until sauce thickens (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours).

Add oregano, basil, parsley and lemon balm; stir and simmer 15 to 20
minutes longer to let flavors mingle.

Cathy's note: The recipe says nothing about removing the bay leaf
afterward, but this is standard practice so that any sharp edges on it do
not cause discomfort or physical damage to people.

The editors wrote: "Selecting a basic herb-tomato sauce from the many,
many dozens that were submitted was [a]...chore. This one edged out many
other...entries for its simplicity, fresh approach, and the short cooking
time after the leafy herbs were added. While many excellent cooks take the
'less is more' approach and add only fractions of teaspoons of herbs, we
liked the more assertive style here and the surprising and intriguing
addition of lemon balm (which cooks out to a mellow hint of
not-quite-lemon). This sauce depends on a greater-than-usual amount of
chopped carrot to cut the acidity of fresh tomatoes."

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