1 medium onion – chopped
1 medium red, orange, or yellow bell pepper – chopped
5 mushrooms – sliced
5-6 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart canned tomatoes, or equivalent (reserve juice)
1 six oz can tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1-2 Tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste – optional)
black pepper – to taste, optional
Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add oregano, paprika & kuman (if using dried spices) & toast lightly, stirring constantly. Add fresh veggies & red wine vinegar. Saute until softened. Add water if needed to keep ingredients from sticking.
Add tomatoes & remaining ingredients. Use a potato masher to break tomatoes down to desired chunkiness if needed
. Season to taste.
Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes. Add reserved tomato juice or water to thin if needed, or blend if a thinner consistency is desired.
Source Recipe: http://triedandtruefavoriterecipes.blogspot.com