3 Tbs olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 large (or 5 medium) red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
½ canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, coarsely chopped (add a whole one for more spice)
1 bunch fresh basil, coarsely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. In a large non-aluminum saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened.
2. Add bell peppers, tomatoes, chile, and basil, cover partially, and cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat.
3. Purée the vegetables in a food processor fitted with the metal blade for about 1 minute- until the mixture is smooth with some texture remaining. Add the salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning.
Yield: About 4 cups (1/2 cup per serving)
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