Red Bell Pepper Marinara Sauce

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  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Makes 3 1/2 pints (28 servings)

This fresh marinara sauce recipe is spiked with sweet red bell peppers. It's a great all-purpose sauce to use for all your favorite pasta dishes. You can experiment with all types of hot and sweet fresh peppers in the recipe for a variety of delicious results.

What You'll Need

  • 2 28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 can/6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup ​fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 red bell peppers (cored, seeded, and cut in 1/2-inch dice)

How to Make It

1. In a large bowl, crush the whole tomatoes with your fingers to form a course puree.

2. Stir in the tomato paste, salt, pepper flakes, sugar, basil, and parsley, and set aside.

3. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onions begin to soften.

4. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes (do not brown the garlic).

5. Add the tomato mixture, and simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

6. Add the bell peppers, and simmer until the peppers are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning.