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Hearty Tomato Blend

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 20 mins
Yield Makes 12 cups
Use this mixture in gazpacho, as a base for Bloody Marys, or as an addition to your favorite spaghetti sauce. 

Ingredients

  • 3 (28-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 medium-size sweet onions, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 7 days.

  2. To freeze: Place 2 cups of tomato mixture in a 1-qt. zip-top freezer bag; seal bag. Repeat procedure with remaining tomato mixture. Place bags flat on a baking sheet, and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours.