Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spice-it-up Tomato Sauce

2 Tblsp olive oil
1 green pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 c. to 1 c. chopped mushrooms
2 cans organic diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce  
2 Tblsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp rubbed sage
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (adds a touch of sweet without the sugar)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot then saute pepper, onion, and garlic until onion is translucent. Add mushrooms and heat through, then add remaining ingredients and let simmer on low for a few hours. (or transfer to a slow cooker set to low)

This sauce has a bit of a kick, so if you like it a little less on the "bites back" side, reduce or omit the red pepper flakes.  If you like your sauce a little less chunky - after you saute your pepper onion and garlic, transfer to your blender with diced tomatoes and process till smooth. Please do not blend just the hot ingredients in a tightly sealed blender as the heat has a tendency to build and blow the lid off, which may cause burns. 

Serve over chicken breast, sauteed zucchini, meatballs, or steak.

My non-paleo husband had his with spaghetti noodles and meatballs and said it was "actually really good"

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