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Kissed by fire

Roasting peppers brings out their true nature: earthy and sensual.

October 16, 2002|Russ Parsons | Times Staff Writer

1. Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it softens, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bell peppers and cook briefly. Add the red wine and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, another 10 to 15 minutes. Check frequently toward the end, as the peppers will want to stick to the bottom of the pan.

2. Meanwhile, pound the jalapeno and garlic into a paste in a mortar with another 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the basil and parsley; pound to a paste. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil and stir, grinding more with the pestle. The sauce should have a rather loose consistency, somewhat more liquid than pesto.

3. Stir the sauce into the peppers, taste for salt and heat through, 2 minutes. This is good hot, cold or anywhere in between.

Each of 6 servings: 199 calories; 130 mg. sodium; 0 cholesterol; 12 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 18 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 4.68 grams fiber.

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