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    Fresh Tomato Sauce With Fennel and Orange

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    45 mins

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    25 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    A lovely recipe to use your garden fresh tomatoes with! Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

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    1. 1
      Heat 2 tbls. olive oil in a 10" skillet over medium high heat till shimmering.
    2. 2
      Add fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned around the edges, 4-6 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add garlic, fennel seed, saffron(if using), pepper flakes, and orange peel; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    4. 4
      Now stir in the tomatoes and cook till tomato pieces lose their shape to form a chunky sauce, about 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Remove and discard orange peel. Stir in the orange juice, basil, salt, pepper, and sugar to taste.
    6. 6
      Toss the sauce and the remaining 2 tbls. olive oil with your favorite pasta and serve! Enjoy!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 18, 2012


      I didn't have the saffron and I used a bit more pepper because we like things spicy. Very quick and delicious sauce I used on shrimp.

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    • on October 28, 2006


      The saffron gave this sauce a smooth and earthy finish. I loved the bit of heat that balanced the sweetness of the fennel and orange. My orange was very sweet, so no additional sugar was needed. And who needs the pasta??? I ate this sauce with a spoon! Use the best olive oil you have to drizzle on before serving.

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    Nutritional Facts for Fresh Tomato Sauce With Fennel and Orange

    Serving Size: 1 (428 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 207.7
    Calories from Fat 129
    Total Fat 14.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 193.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
    Sugars 9.9 g
    Protein 4.0 g

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    orange peel

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