Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup green pepper
2  garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups (about 3 large), peeled, chopped tomatoes
1  can (6 ounces) salt-free tomato paste
2` teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook, uncovered, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until tomatoes are very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes; stir occasionally. Cool 5 minutes.

Place cooled tomato mixture in blender, 1 or more cups at a time. Cover and blend at stir setting for about 30 seconds after each addition. Blend at purée about 30 seconds. Return mixture to saucepan. Simmer over low heat about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10-15 min

Cook Time: 25-30 min

Servings: about 1 quart

From: Frontier Files

Chef Suggestions
Serve over fresh pasta.