BellaFina™ peppers may be used to create a wide variety of recipes, from appetizers to main dishes. BellaFina™ peppers are often used in salads, vegetables trays with or without dip, cooked in stews and sauces and stuffed with meat, cheese and grains.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
3 fresh bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
18-24 BellaFina peppers (red, yellow and orange), cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 bunch fresh basil, torn
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (preferably aged)
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add the tomato paste, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste turns brick red, about 5 minutes.
Add the BellaFina peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the wine and 1 cup water, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and simmer until the peppers are very soft, about 30 more minutes.
Uncover, increase the heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 20 to 25 more minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the basil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from foodnetwork.com