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    Rich and Zesty Red Wine Tomato Sauce

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    1 hrs 10 mins

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    Keiko & Larry's Note:

    Here is a recipe for a basic tomato sauce made with red wine- great for cheese-filled pastas and relatively easy to make. My fiance also believe this recipe could be prepped in a crockpot and left to sit all day, but I haven't tried that. See the Directions for an alternative spicier version. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, sweat the chopped onions and garlic in the olive oil over med-low heat.
    2. 2
      Add the peeled tomatoes, crushing them with your hands one by one into smaller chunks. Be careful- they squirt all over the place! Make sure to pour in all the liquid in the cans as well. Add all ingredients except salt, cheese, and wine.
    3. 3
      Stir all ingredients together. Cover, and increase heat to med-high. Simmer/cook 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the sauce doesn't burn on the bottom.
    4. 4
      Add about 1/3 of the bottle of merlot. Add the cheese. Stir, reduce heat slightly and let that cook uncovered for another 15-20 min, stirring occasionally.
    5. 5
      Taste and determine if you need salt, and add to taste. For salt with a little tang, add some more cheese, if you have it. Let simmer another 15 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.
    6. 6
      During the last simmering stage, cook your pasta.
    7. 7
      Serve over pasta (1 ladleful is gracious plenty). Extra sauce can frozen for up to a month. To reheat, let simmer on low uncovered, stirring frequently so the sugar in the merlot doesn't burn.
    8. 8
      *Spicy alternative: For a spicier sauce, use shiraz in place of merlot and add 2 tsp of dried red pepper flakes.

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    Nutritional Facts for Rich and Zesty Red Wine Tomato Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (376 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 263.9
    Calories from Fat 49
    Total Fat 5.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 520.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 30.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
    Sugars 17.2 g
    Protein 5.9 g

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    pecorino romano cheese

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