Tomato sauce with orange and basil

Yield: 1 batch

Measure Ingredient
2 pounds Italian plum tomatoes cored & coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Fruity olive oil
2 \N Garlic cloves minced or pressed
1 cup Carrot; shredded
½ cup Onion; chopped
1 tablespoon + 2 tsp. grated orange peel (colored part only)
¼ cup Fresh basil; chopped
\N \N Salt and pepper; to taste

Saute garlic in olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add carrots and onion and saute until soft and tender. Add tomatoes, cover, and simmer (do not boil) for 20 minutes. Uncover, add orange peel and basil, and simmer another 20 minutes.

At this point, sauce can be processed through a food mill for a smooth, creamy texture or left as is for a more robust sauce. In either case, cook another 10 to 15 minutes until sauce is thickened, adding salt and pepper.

The editors wrote: "The appeal of this sauce lay in its freshness, simplicity and secret ingredient - orange peel. Michael serves it over fish, meat or vegetables, as well as angel-hair pasta." Recipe from Michael Taylor of Cincinnati, OH in "Great Spaghetti Sauce Cookoff" article in "The Herb Companion." Dec. 1992/Jan. 1993, Vol.

5, No. 2. Pg. 78. Posted by Cathy Harned.

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