Acquasale (sweet pepper sauce)

Yield: 3 cups

Measure Ingredient
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1 each Red onion, finely sliced
½ each Garlic clove, finely minced
3 eaches Red bell peppers, roasted, ribs, membranes & seeds removed & cut into 1/2" slices
2 mediums Tomatoes, seeded & cut into chunks
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ cup Fresh breadcrumbs, optional

Warm the olive oil in a large heavy saute pot. Add the red onion & saute over a low heat until the onion becomes limp & translucent.

Add the garlic & saute briefly. Stir in the pepper strips & sweat them over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes. Add the tomatoes & salt & cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Put the mixture in a food processor & pulse about 30 times. DO NOT PUREE. If it seems too moist, add the breadcrumbs.

Serve either as an antipasto, or as a main dish with pasta or polenta.

Or, add stock & serve as a soup.

Carol Field, "Italy in Small Bites" Submitted By MARK SATTERLY On 11-02-95

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