-2 colored bell peppers (2 cups chopped), stemmed & seeded
-2 beefsteak tomatoes or other large tomatoes (2 cups chopped)
-water, about 1/2 cup
-freshly ground pepper
-fresh basil leaves, (1/4- 1/2 cup loosely packed)
-1 to 2 T. butter, at room temperature
-1 to 2 T. of olive oil
Dice the peppers. Place in a medium-sized saucepan or pot. Dice the
tomatoes. Add both to the pot. Pour in 1/2 cup water and turn heat
to high. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
Bring pot to a simmer, and then turn heat down to medium high. Set a
timer for 25 minutes. After about five minutes, the tomatoes and
peppers will begin to release their juices, and the whole mixture
should be bubbling.
Adjust the heat if necessary so that the mixture stays at a constant
bubble, medium to medium-high should do it. Stir every five minutes
or so to make sure the tomatoes and peppers are not sticking to the
bottom of the pan. If they are, add water by the quarter cup.
After about 25 minutes (more or less) when the peppers and
tomatoes are tender and nearly all of the liquid has evaporated, add
the basil to the pot, give it a stir, and then transfer the contents of the
pot to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Add as much
butter and olive oil as you like. I use 2 tablespoons of butter and 2
tablespoons of olive oil. Blend again until smooth. Taste and adjust
the seasoning as necessary. Enjoy!
Adapted from alexandracooks.com, 8/13 and inspired by
The Tra Vigne Cookbook, Michael Chiarello