Spicy Tomato Sauce


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Spicy Tomato Sauce
Photo: © Karen Mordechai


  • 2 pounds tomatoes, peeled and halved

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion

  • 2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Salt

  • 1 tablespoon minced basil

  • 1/2 tablespoon minced mint


  1. Scoop the seeds from the tomatoes into a strainer set over a bowl and press on the seeds to extract as much juice as possible. Coarsely chop the tomatoes and add them to the juice.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened and just brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juice and the crushed red pepper. Season with salt and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in the basil and mint and serve.

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