Sauce for stuffed peppers

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The sauce for stuffed peppers, particularly those filled with meat, plays a crucial role in enhancing the flavors of this beloved dish. Stuffed peppers have a rich history, with variations found in cuisines around the world, from the Mediterranean to the Americas. The sauce not only adds moisture but also brings together the diverse flavors of the peppers, meat, and spices used in the filling. Typically, a tomato-based sauce is favored for its tangy and slightly sweet profile, complementing the savory filling perfectly. This recipe will guide you through creating a simple yet delicious sauce that will elevate your stuffed peppers to a new level.

Serves: +10
  • Olive oil 30 g
  • Onion 100 g
  • Garlic cloves 10 g
  • Crushed tomatoes 400 g
  • Tomato paste 30 g
  • Chicken or vegetable broth 200 g
  • Dried basil 2 g
  • Dried oregano 2 g
  • Salt 5 g
  • Black pepper 2 g
  • Sugar 5 g
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  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste into the saucepan. Mix well to combine the tomato paste with the onions and garlic, ensuring a uniform texture.
  • Add the chicken or vegetable broth to the saucepan. Season with dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. If the tomatoes are particularly acidic, you may add sugar to balance the flavors.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken slightly and the flavors will meld together.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the salt, pepper, or herbs according to your preference. The sauce should have a rich, balanced flavor.
  • Once your stuffed peppers are ready, pour this sauce over them before baking. You can also serve extra sauce on the side for guests to add as they please.

Storage Tips

This sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It also freezes well; simply cool the sauce completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container. It can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove over low heat before serving.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Tomatoes, the main ingredient in this sauce, are a fantastic source of vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, including lycopene. These nutrients contribute to heart health, skin health, and provide anti-inflammatory properties.

Interesting Facts about the Sauce

  • The concept of stuffing peppers and serving them with a sauce dates back centuries and spans multiple cultures, each adding its own twist to the sauce, reflecting local tastes and available ingredients.
  • The use of tomato sauce with stuffed peppers became popularized with the advent of canned tomatoes in the early 20th century, making the sauce more accessible and easier to prepare.
  • The addition of sugar to the sauce is a culinary trick used to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, highlighting the sauce’s natural sweetness and creating a more balanced flavor profile.

This sauce for stuffed peppers is not only tasty but also versatile, capable of complementing a variety of fillings and dishes beyond stuffed peppers, making it a valuable recipe in your culinary repertoire.

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