Look for fire-roasted tomatoes (we used Muir Glen) in the organic section or with the canned tomatoes in your supermarket.
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
How to Make It
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, basil, parsley, and oregano; sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
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Tastes ok. Just really seemed to be missing something. The slight smokey flavor from the fire-roasted tomatoes was nice. Not sure that makes up for the rest of the missing flavor. I tried the touch of sugar; then tried a bit more salt, then a bit more balsamic, and yet nothing brought it together.
The recipe is ok. I should have added a pinch of sugar like another reviewer, I think that would have helped. I did add sauteed mushrooms and some onions as well. That added a lot more flavor. I will make again, and add the sugar.
Prepared this recipe to the letter with the exception of adding a "shtickle" of sugar. I learned to make spaghetti sauce from my Italian mother, it took all day! This is so much easier, quicker, and just as delicious! The fire-roasted tomatoes are key to the depth of flavor.
I love this sauce. I found the fire roasted tomatoes near the other canned tomatoes. I love the smoky flavor. We've made this sauce for other pasta dishes and just loved it. Easy to make and lots of flavor. Making the shells again tonight!
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