1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, coarsely chopped
2 each, coarsely chopped: green, yellow and red bell peppers
1 leek, trimmed, coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14-16 ounces) Italian peeled tomatoes with basil
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon each: ground cumin, ground allspice, salt
1 to 2 cups water
Makes about 5 cups.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the onions, peppers and leek; cook, stirring, until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in the tomatoes.
Transfer the vegetables, in batches if necessary, to a blender or food processor; puree. Pour into a large saucepan; add the bay leaves, cumin, allspice and salt. Heat to a boil over medium-high heat; lower heat to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally and adding up to 2 cups of water to reach desired thickness, until flavors come together, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition information per 1/4 cup: 24 calories, 25 percent of calories from fat, 1 g fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrates, no protein, 103 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.