September 15, 2021

Easy Vegan Meal Prep: Weeknight Dinner Solved

Back-to-school time doesn't have to be stressful. Keep it light and super-delicious with a little weekend meal prep. We got you covered!

Easy, Quick Vegan Meal Preps

Make-ahead sauces are essential to the plan. Keep your family happy by keeping some basic sauces like Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce, Basil and Pumpkin Seed Pesto, and Nana’s Red Sauce in the fridge or freezer. That sauce page also includes a video of our favorite prep tips developed from years in busy, hot restaurant kitchens. Find out the easy way to peel ginger, how to keep guacamole from turning brown, and much more!

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September 14, 2021

Veggie Nacho Casserole

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

Veg:

  • 3 medium gold potatoes, with skins
  • 11 small plum tomatoes
  • 3 jalapeños
  • 8 oz/225 g green beans
  • 2 cups/225 g cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups/225 g broccoli florets
  • 3 cups/200 g baby kale leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups/250 g frozen corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups/200 g frozen peas
  • 1 cup/70 g rough chopped red cabbage
  • 1 tub (14 oz/400 g) extra-firm pressed tofu, drained
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano

Green Bean Salsa:

  • 4 oz/115 g green beans
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced

Queso Sauce:

  • 2 small sweet potatoes (or 1 large)
  • 2 cups/225 g cauliflower florets (about 1/4 large head)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • About 1/3 cup/30 g nutritional yeast
  • About 1 cup/240 ml oat milk
  • 3 big handfuls of yellow tortilla chips
  • 1/2 avocado

Instructions

  1. For the veg: Quarter the potatoes and poach them in water to cover just until tender, 10 to 12 minutes (you can do this ahead then keep the spuds covered in cold water at room temp).
  2. Bring another big pot of water to a boil for blanching some veg.
  3. Meanwhile, heat up a grill, broiler, or gas burner. Grill or broil the tomatoes and jalapeños until charred all over, 5 to 6 minutes total, turning now and then. When done, set aside.
  4. Cut the green beans in half crosswise. Blanch the halved green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and kale in the boiling water for 1 minute. Drain then transfer the blanched veg to a 3-quart/2.8-liter baking dish. Mix in the poached potatoes, the corn, peas, and cabbage. Season with a little salt.
  5. Preheat the oven to 420ºF/215ºC. Cut the tofu into 1-inch/2.5-cm cubes and place in a mixing bowl. Cut the onion into 2-inch/5-cm pieces and add it to the bowl. Rough chop 1 of the charred tomatoes and add that to the bowl. Season with the cumin, onion powder, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and oregano.
  6. Heat a large heavy pan such as cast iron over medium heat. Add the seasoned veg to the hot pan (no oil needed) and cook until seared on a few sides, 4 to 5 minutes total. Then pop the pan in the oven until the veg is nicely roasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Leave the oven on. Meanwhile, slice 2 of the charred jalapenos for later.
  7. For the salsa, dice 7 of the remaining charred tomatoes and 1 of the jalapenos (not the sliced ones) and add them to a mixing bowl. Finely chop the 4 oz/115 g raw green beans and red onion and add them to the bowl. Rough chop the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Add the lime juice and a pinch each of cumin, salt, and black pepper, and toss to mix.
  8. Remove the veg from the oven and transfer all the veg to the baking dish, spreading it evenly.
  9. For the queso: Peel the sweet potatoes and place in a medium pot with the cauliflower, garlic, and bay leaf. Add water to cover and season with a little salt. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer until the veg is tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  10. Transfer the remaining 3 charred tomatoes to a blender along with 1 of the sliced charred jalapenos. Remove the bay leaf from the simmering veg, then drain the veg and transfer the veg to the blender. Add the cumin, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, oregano, nutritional yeast, and about 1/3 cup/80 ml of the oat milk. Start blending slow and if the mixture is too thick to blend, drizzle in just enough oat milk so it blends. Once it’s blending good, turn the speed to high and blend until it becomes a nice, thick, silky smooth queso style sauce, 2 to 3 minutes. Add more oat milk as you go. It should be thick yet pourable. If you like, blend in a big handful of tortilla chips – they add tons of flavor!
  11. Pour about 2 cups/475 ml of the sauce evenly over the veg in the dish, shaking the dish to get the sauce all through the crevices. Save the remaining sauce to use as a dip or with another cheesy dish (it keeps for a week in the fridge!). Crush two big handfuls of tortilla chips and scatter them over the sauce. Then arrange the remaining sliced charred jalapeno over top. Cube the avocado and scatter that over the top as well.
  12. Bake until the nacho casserole is just starting to crisp up on top, 10 to 12 minutes. Spoon some of the green bean pico over the nachos and serve hot with the remaining pico. Enjoy!

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September 8, 2021

Tomatoes Galore! Our Best Late Summer Tomato Recipes

Want an easy way to cook really tasty food? Start with the best ingredients you can. It’s that simple!! That’s why a basic sauce made with fresh tomatoes tastes amazing on pasta in the summer – and maybe not so awesome in January. Tomatoes are at their peak right now. It’s time to dig in! Scour the farmers’ markets. Grab the heirlooms. Go for the odd knobby ones! All kinds and colors of tomatoes can be roasted, grilled, sautéed, fried, pickled, stuffed, or chopped fresh to make something like a simple tomato-cucumber salad. Or a spicy pico de gallo. If you have a tomato avalanche, cook up a big batch of our Nana’s Red Sauce or Tomato Habanero Jam. Both of these sauces are bangin’ on everything from rice and pasta to pizza and sandwiches! Freeze the extras and enjoy those jammy tomato flavors all winter long.

Some quick tips: When you get your tomato haul home, keep them at room temperature (above 55ºF/13ºC). If you refrigerate tomatoes, you kill a key flavor compound that makes them taste so good. Chilling can also make the flesh mealy.

Also, did you know that tomatoes can help prevent cancer? They contain an antioxidant called lycopene that can help prevent certain cancers like prostate cancer (you listening, gents?). And get this: Cooking tomatoes actually increases their lycopene content, giving you more cancer protection. These little orbs of love are also high in fiber, which makes your gut happy, and they’re high in vitamins A and C, both of which can help prevent cancer. Plus they’re low in calories. And they taste friggin great! A little sweet, a little savory, a dash of acid, a bit of bitter, a burst of aroma…tomatoes got it goin’ on! Want to lessen the bitterness? Strain out the seeds. Boom! Oh, and when a recipe calls for tinned tomatoes, you can of course use fresh. Check out some of our favorite ways to enjoy tomatoes below. While you’re at it, invent some new ways of your own!

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June 24, 2021

Vegan Crepes with Roasted Rhubarb

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

For the Roasted Rhubarb

  • 250g rhubarb, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Vegan Crepes

  • 225g plain white flour
  • 450ml soy milk, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil plus more for frying
  • 1 Tbsp caster sugar

For Serving

  • 2 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 100ml vegan yogurt

Instructions

To Make the Roasted Rhubarb

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/355f (fan).
  2. Place the rhubarb in a medium bowl and add the caster sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Toss to coat the rhubarb completely. Transfer the rhubarb to a small roasting tin and cover the top with tin foil. Place in the oven to roast for 20 minutes.

To Make the Crepes

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the crepe ingredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan (or ideally crepe pan) over medium heat and drizzle with a little vegetable oil.
  3. Use a ladle to scoop some batter and add to the centre of the hot pan. Swirl the pan around to make a large thin crepe. Cook until the top of the crepe looks matte and no longer wet.
  4. Flip the crepe and fry for a further minute or until lightly browned underneath. Fold in quarters and remove from the pan. Repeat with all the remaining batter.

To Serve the Vegan Crepes

  1. Arrange the crepes on plates and top with vegan yogurt, the roasted rhubarb and a sprinkle of icing sugar.

Notes

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Like with non-vegan crepes, the batter is better when left to rest for 10 minutes or so. Before you start frying up crepes, let it rest!

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Knowing when to flip your crepe is easy! Just wait for the top to turn matte and no longer wet or shiny looking. This means it’s just about cooked all the way through.

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On the second side, you’re looking for those mottled, golden-brown marks to indicate the crepe has that perfect balance of crisp and softness. Be sure to carefully lift the crepe every now and then to make sure it’s browning nicely.

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These crepes are basically sugar-free so they work well for both sweet and savoury fillings. I love roasted rhubarb with a little vegan yogurt. Feel free to add a touch of icing sugar to maple syrup to sweeten things up.

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June 4, 2021

Easy Five Ingredient Rosé Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Richard Makin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

For the Rosé Sauce Recipe

  • 300g pasta (I used rigatoni)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 x 400g can peeled plum tomatoes (or chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained
  • 200ml soy milk
  • 50ml water
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pan with water and add a few pinches of salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Place a separate medium saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When hot, add the garlic and fry gently but do not allow it to burn.
  3. Add the tin of tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Once bubbling away, cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer. Leave to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.
  5. Place the cannellini beans in the cup of a high-speed blender and add the soy milk. Blend at the highest speed possible until completely smooth and creamy. Alternatively, blend the beans and the soy milk together using a stick blender.
  6. Once the tomato sauce has reduced nicely and the tomatoes are almost completely broken down, remove the lid and add the cannellini cream. Do not allow the sauce to boil from this point on, just warm it gently and stir often. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until your pasta is ready.
  7. Drain the pasta, reserving around 200ml of pasta water.
  8. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir to coat. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up. Season with salt and pepper again, serve, and enjoy this wickedly delicious rosé sauce recipe.

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This sauce couldn’t be simpler but there are a few essential steps. You’re not using any onion, so be sure to fry up some minced garlic before adding your tomatoes. It’s easy to burn, so watch it like a hawk.

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I love to use tinned peeled plum tomatoes but tinned chopped tomatoes work too. Either way, be sure to cook them down fully (this takes longer than you think). The tomatoes should be almost falling apart and the sauce should be dark red.

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The creaminess in this dish comes from blended cannellini beans and soy milk. The result is protein rich but also super delicious. Be sure to blend it as smoothly as you possibly can.

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I like to reserve a little pasta water in case the sauce is slightly too thick. Give it a taste before adding your pasta too, it may need tweaking with a little salt and pepper. If you want a cheesy kick, add a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the blended cannellini bean mixture.

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This dish is perfect as it is, but it also works great topped with some fresh basil or oregano.

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May 18, 2021

Creamy Orzo with Fennel

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 40g vegan butter
  • 1 Tbsp fennel seeds
  • ½ an onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 x fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 300g orzo
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 800ml hot vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper
  • Small bunch of fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the vegan butter followed by the fennel seeds. Toast until fragrant and beginning to quietly pop, then remove the seeds from the pan with a spoon, leaving behind the vegan butter. Set the fennel seeds aside.
  2. Place the saucepan back over medium heat and add the onion. Fry until beginning to soften then add the garlic. Fry for a further minute before adding the sliced fennel. Fry for 3-4 minutes but do not let the fennel brown.
  3. Add the orzo followed by the wine and stir well. Reduce the heat slightly and cook until the wine has mostly evaporated. Add some of the stock and stir well.
  4. Keep adding the stock, little by little until the orzo is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with the fresh dill before serving.

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For added texture and bold fennel flavour, I like to toast some fennel seeds to add to the top of the cooked orzo. To make this a one-pot dish, be sure to do this first in the same saucepan you’re about to use for the orzo. Be super careful not to let them burn – just toasty and fragrant is great.

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When frying your onions and garlic, don’t let them brown. For this recipe, we just want to cook them until nicely softened and fragrant. If necessary, add a tiny splash of water to keep things from catching.

creamy orzo and fennel

It’s best to make sure the fennel is sliced very thinly before adding it to the pan. If you have a Chinese mandoline then use it! If not, use your sharpest knife and go super thin. This way the fennel will almost melt into the pasta.

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Like with risotto, don’t add all the water at once. It’s best to add a little at a time, stirring between additions. Once gorgeously smooth and glossy and the orzo is cooked through, you’re good to serve!

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May 10, 2021

Vegan Ginger Treacle Cookies

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 1hr 20min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 1hr 30min
  • Yield: 18-20 cookies 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 tsp psyllium husk powder
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 140g vegan butter
  • 250g plain white flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch flaky sea salt
  • 180g + 50g granulated sugar, separated
  • 60g treacle

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the psyllium husk powder and water. Whisk until combined and leave to thicken. Melt the vegan butter in a double boiler or in the microwave and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, spiced and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl (ideally the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) combine the 180g granulated sugar, 60g treacle, thickened psyllium husks and melted vegan butter. Beat on high speed until the mixture is fluffy and light (around 2 minutes).
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat briefly until fully combined.
  5. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough into walnut sized balls and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Place in the fridge to chill for one hour (or overnight).
    30 minutes before taking the cookie dough out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 180c.
  6. Place the additional 50g granulated sugar in a bowl and roll the chilled balls of dough one by one until they’re all coated in sugar. Arrange on the lined baking sheet, leaving a good 4 cm between each cookie to allow for spread. You may need to use 2 baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  7. As soon as you remove the baking sheet from the oven, give it a firm tap on a table – this should cause the cookies to lose their puff and create a crackle on the surface. Leave to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

One of the keys to getting a super chewy, yet light texture is to make sure you whip plenty of air into the dough. Once your vegan butter is melted, Combine with your sugar and thickened psyllium husks and whip it all together until light and fluffy. It’s also a good idea to make sure your psyllium husks are completely blended into the mix, as they tend to clump together.

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Be sure not to overwork the dough once you’ve added the flour. You don’t want to activate the gluten, so mix until the dough just about forms and then stop.

mix the dough

Pre-portion the dough. This makes the whole chilling process much faster. I like to use a cookie scoop to make walnut-sized balls. Arrange them on a tray and refrigerate them for a minimum of one hour.

roll the dough

Before baking, be sure to roll the dough balls in granulated sugar. This will make that crispy exterior even crispier. If you want to freeze the dough balls for a future date, this is the time to do it. Place them in a bag after rolling in sugar and freeze for up to 4 months.

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Strawberry Compote with Simple Breakfast Waffles

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 large waffles 1x
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Ingredients

For the Strawberry Compote

  • 190g frozen strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 60g frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp water

For the Waffles

  • 350ml soy milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 125g plain white flour
  • 60g wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

To Make the Strawberry Compote

  1. Place the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a small saucepan and place over medium/low heat. Stir often until the fruit is all melted then leave to simmer for around 5 minutes. Once the strawberries are just about falling apart, add the blueberries and stir well to combine before reducing the heat to low.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the corn starch and the water until smooth, then add it to the compote and stir well. The mixture should thicken rather quickly. If the mixture doesn’t thicken, repeat this step with another Tbsp of corn starch.
  3. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool completely. Alternatively, transfer the compote to a sterilised jar and leave to cool on the counter before refrigerating.

To Make the Waffles

  1. Preheat the waffle iron and brush carefully with a little sunflower oil to prevent the waffles from sticking.
  2. In a measuring jug, combine the soy milk and lemon juice. Stir well and leave the soy milk to thicken.
  3. In a medium bowl, sieve together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. Add the sunflower oil and vanilla extract to the thickened soy milk and whisk to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
  5. Pour half of the batter into the waffle iron. Close and cook until steam stops rising from the iron. Remove and serve with vegan butter and the strawberry compote. Repeat with the remaining half of the batter.

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When making the compote, be sure to not overcook the fruit. The acidity in fruit is what makes it delicious, but it also disappears quickly under hot conditions. This is why we add the blueberries after the strawberries (because they take much less time to cook). Also don’t worry if the compote looks thin half-way through cooking. As soon as you add the corn starch it’ll thicken up!

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Waffles LOVE to stick to the waffle iron, so be sure to brush the iron with vegetable oil before you make each waffle.

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The waffles will rise much better with a little acidity in the mix – this is why I make a quick soy milk “buttermilk” by whisking together the soy milk and the lemon juice. You’ll notice a lovely fluffy texture to the waffles thanks to this ingredient, so don’t skip it!

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The recipe makes 3 large, circular waffles, but this may differ depending on the size of your waffle iron. I like to break the waffles into quadrants when serving a bunch of people. Enjoy!

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March 30, 2021

Nana’s Red Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Wicked Healthy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 cups 1x
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Ingredients

For Nana’s Red Sauce

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • 9 cloves garlic
  • Fresh oregano
  • Crushed red chilies
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) San Marzano canned plum tomatoes
  • ½ can of water
  • 1 small can (6 ounces) of tomato paste
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Rough dice the red pepper and onion, don’t worry about this too much, as it will all get blended later.
  2. Heat a large saucepot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions and bell pepper in a little oil, for about 4 minutes.
  3. While that cooks, thinly slice the garlic, then add to the pot with a little fresh diced oregano, crushed red chillies and season with a little salt and pepper. Stir through to combine thoroughly.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, ½ a can of water, and the whole can of tomato paste. Stir it up and keep the heat nice and low, using a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes to release the juices. Cover with lid and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently (every 5 minutes). The sauce will reduce down and thicken over 45 minutes – 1 hour (1 hour 30 minutes, depending on the juiciness of your tomatoes).
  5. To make this red sauce recipe more smooth, take off the heat and use an immersion blender in the pot, to blend to desired consistency. Add salt to taste and finish with a swirl of olive oil and coarse chopped basil leaf for a burst of freshness.

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Check this blog to see our fresh pasta recipe!

Pro Tips- Cheater chopping: Pulse the onion in a food processor. While it’s sautéing, pulse the garlic and bell pepper as well. Then chop the canned tomatoes the same way. If you use a food mill when it’s done cooking, the mill will strain out the seeds for you. – Nana used fresh tomatoes whenever possible. To do that, peel, seed, and chop 6 pounds of fresh San Marzano tomatoes and use them instead of the canned. – If your tomatoes are sweet enough, you will not need the pinch of sugar. Alternatively, you could get a little sweetness by adding 1⁄2 cup finely shredded carrot when sautéing the onions.

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