Another solid recipe from Martha. In fact, due to the large portion size (makes 3 quarts), this recipe just keeps on giving! I made the base recipe for dinner one night and then used the leftovers for two other dinners— quite the win as far as I’m concerned.
- 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium yellow squash
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 2 large yellow onions (1 pound total), diced large
- 1 head garlic, cloves smashed and peeled
- 2 bell peppers (any color), seeded and diced large
- 2 large zucchini (1 pound total), diced large
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or oregano leaves
- 2 to 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the tomatoes and juices on a rimmed baking sheet and use your hands to break tomatoes into 3/4-inch pieces. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and bake until thickened, 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. I was really surprised that this simple thickener made the dish much more hearty.
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 4 tablespoons oil over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until onions and garlic are soft, 5 minutes. Add peppers and cook, stirring, until crisp-tender, 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add tomatoes, squash, zucchini, bay leaf, and marjoram to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover, and cook at a gentle simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy, 15 minutes. Season to taste with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Remove bay leaf before serving.
The original recipe mentions serving with crusty, rustic bread- which, on a busy Wednesday night, I translated into ” whole wheat toast.” It was delicious still.
Over the weekend we devoured this baked egg version.
At the beginning of the week I heated what was left with some yummy Rick Bayless enchilada sauce and enjoyed some veggie tacos with corn tortillas, cilantro and cojita cheese.
Somehow I missed this phyllo wrap option which looks good too.. next time!