Sauces and Dressings

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Makes about 3 to 3½ cups

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Makes about 3 to 3½ cups

This versatile sauce can be used on top of pastas or as a pizza sauce. It freezes well, too!

Nutritional information per serving (¼ cup): Calories 33 (27% from fat)
carb. 6g
pro. 1g
fat 1g
sat. fat 0g
chol. 0mg
sod. 163mg
calc. 15mg
fiber 1g

Ingredients

5garlic cloves½small onion, cut into ½-inch pieces¼bulb fennel1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil¼teaspoon kosher salt, divided128-ounce cans whole plum tomatoes in purée½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper½teaspoon dried oregano2½ tablespoons granulated sugar6 large leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces

Preparation

Insert the chopping blade into the food processor; fit onto motor base. Put the garlic and onion into the work bowl. Pulse 2 to 3 times on High to chop. Remove and reserve. Replace the chopping blade with the reversible slicing/shredding disc, with the slicing side facing up. Slice the fennel bulb into the bowl. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over low heat. Add garlic and onion to pan; sauté until softened and fragrant, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel and a pinch of salt. Sauté until very soft and lightly browned, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juices; crush slightly with the back of a wooden spoon. Bring to a strong simmer. Add spices, sugar and basil; let simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until thickened. Transfer sauce to the blender jar and fit onto motor base. Add the remaining salt and sugar. Pulse on Low 8 to 12 times, or until desired consistency. If a smoother sauce is desired, let run on Low after pulsing 4 times. Adjust seasoning to taste.