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Herbed Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

Cuisine: Italian
Courses: Sauces
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

2 tablespoons 30mlOlive oil
1 tablespoon 15mlRed onion - chopped (medium)
1 tablespoon 15mlBell pepper - chopped (medium)
2   Garlic cloves - minced (2 to 3)
3   Carrots - chopped (medium)
1/2 lb 227g / 8ozMushrooms - coarsely chopped
8 cups 500g / 17ozChopped fresh seeded - - tomatoes
28 oz 795gCanned tomatoes
1 teaspoon 5mlAniseed - crushed
1   Bay leaf - broken
1/4 cup 59mlDry red wine
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozFresh oregano - chopped
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozFresh basil - chopped
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozItalian parsley - chopped
2 tablespoons 30mlLemon balm - chopped

Recipe Instructions

Sauteeonion, 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."

Recipe from Deborah Sallings of Little Rock, AR in "Great Spaghetti Sauce Cookoff" article in "The Herb Companion."

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